Things to remember - Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is a physical disease of the brain with progressive damage to brain cells, which causes dementia.

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia in Australia, accounting for about two thirds of cases.

A number of factors contribute to development of the disease, including environmental, genetic and health factors.

Understanding the risk factors for developing Alzheimer's disease can help you to make decisions about potential strategies for risk reduction.

Diagnosis can be difficult, but an early visit to the doctor is critical.

People with Alzheimer's disease differ in the patterns of problems they experience and in the speed with which their abilities deteriorate, as they move through the stages of Alzheimer's disease.

Treatment can help with memory and thinking problems, depression and sleep disturbances, but there is no cure.