Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Internal Medicine


Dr. Nancy Reid


Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, affecting over 6 million Americans. As the population of older adults increases, this number is expected to double. There is no cure for Alzheimer's, and treatments work only to reduce symptoms. The disease is thought to start up to 20 years before symptoms develop. Recent research has probed what modifiable risk factors there are for Alzheimer’s in aims to work toward prevention. This article will review the history of Alzheimer's, its prevalence, treatment, and risk factors, both non-modifiable and modifiable.

Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, risk factors, prevention


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