Alzheimer's disease is a progressive illness that causes the brain cells to rupture and die. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia - a progressive decline in cognitive, behavioral and social skills that interferes with a person's ability to function independently. Early symptoms of the disease may forget recent events or conversations. As the disease progresses, a person with Alzheimer's will develop memory impairment and lose their ability to perform daily activities. Current Alzheimer's disease medications can temporarily improve the symptoms or decrease the rate of decline. These therapies can sometimes help people with Alzheimer's disease increase their effectiveness and maintain their independence. Various programs and services can help support people with Alzheimer's and their careers. There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease or a change in the disease process in the brain. In the advanced stages of the disease, complications arising from severe loss of brain function - such as degeneration, malnutrition, or infection - result in death.

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