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is an irreversible brain disorder that results in the gradual loss of memory. In Alzheimer disease (AD), parts of the brain die and cannot make normal levels of brain chemicals. The disease usually starts at about age 65 to 70 years but can start earlier.
may include medicines to help increase the amount of normal chemicals in your brain or slow the death of brain cells. You may also need medicines to help control your mood or help you feel less nervous or restless. Medicines to help with bladder and bowel control or to help you sleep better may be needed. Some people may be given medicines to control delusions (false beliefs), hallucinations, or violent behaviors. Counseling can teach you ways to cope with your disease.
Ask someone to go with you to help you remember what your healthcare provider tells you. The person can take notes for you during the visit and go over the notes with you later. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
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