CDC.GOV. You may wish to start by visiting the following webpage: http://www.Cdc.Gov/ncidod/dvrd/cjd/.
Lethal prion disease. This is the sporadic form (assuming first case in the family) of prion disease, caused by toxic, self-replicating proteins. The steady loss of mental function is usually accompanied by occasional jerky abnormal movements. No effective treatment is known; you may be able to find a research study. I wish you strength and courage in the months ahead.