https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/alzheimers-diseaseAlzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that affects the brain and results in impaired memory, thinking, and behavior. It is the most common form of dementia and is estimated to occur in up to 5% of people over 65 years of age. Symptoms of Alzheimer's include confusion, impaired judgment, difficulty with language, disorientation, changes in personality, agitation, and difficulties with daily activities such as dressing and eating.
Diagnosis of Alzheimer's usually involves a comprehensive neurological and psychological examination. A series of tests such as blood tests, brain scans, and memory tests may also be used to diagnose the condition.
Treatment of Alzheimer's can involve a combination of medications, lifestyle modifications, and other interventions designed to improve the patient's quality of life. Medications may be used to reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer's, while lifestyle modifications may include activities such as exercise and socializing to help maintain cognitive function. Other interventions such as speech and occupational therapies can also help to improve the patient's functioning.