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What sort of problem is alzheimer's dementia?

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Dr. LUIS IRIZARRY
A Verified Doctoranswered
29 years experience
AD: Alheimers is a chronic progressive neurodegenerative disorder with gradual decline of cerebral function. Memory loss, loss of social and occupational function. Deterioration may take 8-10 years, unfortunately is usually diagnosed in the 4th year of illness because initial symptoms are so subtle. Person life expectancy is about 5-6 years after diagnosis. No cure, meds may slow the process.
Dr. Darren Gitelman
A Verified Doctoranswered
37 years experience
Brain disease: Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia (loss of thinking functions) in the older population.

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