Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of dementia, accounts for approximately 64% of all dementias in Canada. Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain. It erases memory, steals the ability to think, and makes simple daily tasks, such as eating or getting dressed, impossible. It robs independence and eventually, takes life.
Alzheimer's disease affects men and women of all races, religions and socio-economic backgrounds. It is not a normal part of aging and no one is immune. During the course of the disease, the chemistry and structure of the brain changes, leading to the death of brain cells.
"Early onset" is an inherited form of Alzheimer's disease that strikes between the ages of 30 and 60. Although genetics play a role in the disease, only 5% to 7% of people diagnosed have early onset Alzheimer's disease.
Today, Alzheimer's disease is the seventh leading cause of death in Canada.