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Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US

In 1901 German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer discovered the first case of what soon became known as Alzheimer’s disease. Later, Emil Kraepelin developed a classification system for mental illness, described Alzheimer’s like a disease and reported his findings in his Textbook of Psychiatry, published in 1910.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. It has the distinction of being the only disease-causing death among the top 10 contenders that cannot be cured, slowed, or prevented. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia. It causes problems with memory, behavior, and thinking. Symptoms develop slowly and worsen over time. The disease becomes brutal enough to interfere with the everyday lives of the one with Alzheimer's as well as family and caretakers. It is heartbreaking for the family who must watch their loved one go from someone who is vital and caring into someone who has an entirely different personality, cannot take care of themselves, and doesn't even remember who you are.

Alzheimer’s is scientifically described as a neurodegenerative disease. You know your family member is suffering from Alzheimer’s when they have difficulty with language, mood, swings, loss of motivation, live in the past, experience disorientation, behavioral issues, and neglect of self-care. They may become combative, and can also experience changes in mood.