Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive brain disorder characterized by the death of brain cells affecting approximately 4 million Americans. The early stages of Alzheimer's Disease are often difficult to differentiate from normal aging. People seem more easily tired, depressed or anxious, and they experience problems with their memory. They will try to cover up for their memory lapses with denial of the problem or by blaming others for their difficulty, and have difficulty deviating from established routines. As the disease progresses, memory deteriorates and Alzheimer's patients have increasing difficulty caring for themselves. They will eventually suffer from dementia, characterized by an inability to reason or control impulses, a progressive loss of skills and memories, and increasing emotional problems. In the final stages the Alzheimer's patient loses touch with reality and the ability to care for themselves.
If you would like to be considered for a research study, and you live in the Baltimore-Washington area, please complete an interest form or call our office at 410-768-2629.
For more information you can visit the Alzheimer's Association at www.alz.org, the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center (ADEAR) at www.alzheimers.org, or the American Psychiatric Association at www.psych.org.
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