Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. In fact, Alzheimer’s disease makes up about 60% to 80% of dementia cases. Dementia is a broad term used to describe symptoms such as memory loss or other cognitive abilities that interfere with daily life.

There is no one test to diagnosis dementia. Doctors look at a variety of things such as medical and family history. They may also do a physical exam and lab testing. It is crucial that if you suspect you or someone in your life may have dementia, that you address these concerns with your PVMG physician as soon as possible. They may refer you to a specialist.

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, however there is one FDA approved treatment that can help delay the onset of symptoms. This drug, known as Aducanumab, can also be used to treat other types of dementia. Non-drug therapies may be able to alleviate some symptoms for people with other forms of dementia.

For information on the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and typical age-related changes, click here

We are here to support you if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association is also a wonderful and trusted resource for information, education, referrals and support.