Progress Report on Alzheimer's Disease 2004-2005

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) is one of a group of disorders, termed dementias, that are characterized by cognitive and behavioral problems. AD is the most common cause of dementia among people age 65 and older. It presents a major health problem for the United States because of its enormous impact on individuals, families, the health care system, and society as a whole. As people live longer, the number of people affected by diseases of aging, including AD, will continue to grow. This trend translates into a huge impact on people with the disease, their families and friends, and caregivers.

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©2005 National Institute of Aging


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