Alzheimer’s - A type of brain disorder that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior.

How common is condition?

Common (More than 10,000 cases per year in Canada)

Does diagnosis require lab test or imaging?

Often requires lab test or imaging

Is condition treatable?

Treatments can help manage condition, no known cure

Time taken for recovery

Can last several years or be lifelong

Alzheimer's is associated with genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain cells over time. At the initial stage of the disease, forgetfulness and mild confusion is seen. Over time, recent memories also start erasing. Advanced stage symptoms vary from person to person. There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease. Medication can temporarily reduce some symptoms or slow down the progression of the condition in some people.