By Wissam Deeb, M.D.
Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most dreaded diagnoses, and the fear is particularly acute among older people. This complex brain disorder, which usually affects older individuals, can cause many cognitive disabilities, most notably memory impairment.
About 5.7 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, millions of loved ones and caregivers are affected, with some estimates indicating there are as many as 16 million unpaid caregivers.