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About Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. There are a few medications available that provide moderate relief of symptoms for a limited period of time, but there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s.

Not everyone will experience the same Alzheimer’s symptoms or progress at the same rate. Mild or early-stage Alzheimer’s may include symptoms in several areas:

  • Forgetfulness of recent events
  • Impaired ability to perform challenging mental arithmetic — for example, counting backward from 100 by 7s
  • Greater difficulty performing complex tasks, such as planning dinner for guests, paying bills or managing finances
  • Forgetfulness about one's own personal history
  • Becoming moody or withdrawn, especially in socially or mentally challenging situations

 

Progress Through Research

With a lack of effective long-term treatments, researchers are working hard to find new and better future treatments for patients with Alzheimer’s. Advances in treatment are possible through volunteers participating in clinical research studies like ADvance. At this time, it is unknown whether patients will benefit from participating in this study. As with all clinical research, there are potential benefits and risks associated with participating. Study physicians will review all these with patients and their caregivers before being enrolled in the ADvance Study.

Caution:  Investigational Device. Limited by Federal law to investigational use.