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NHM Health Focus:
Alzheimers Disease

November 2009

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About Alzheimer's Disease
  - Alzheimer's Disease (USA.gov)
  - Alzheimer's Disease (MedlinePlus, NLM)
  - Understanding Alzheimer's (FCARF)
  - Overview of Alzheimer's Disease (FCA)
  - Alzheimer's Disease (Merck)

  - Alzheimer's Disease (Librarians' Internet Index)
  - Alzheimer's: Disease Center (WebMD)

Resources For Students
  - Kids and Teens (Alzheimer's Association)
  - Alzheimer's Disease (Nemours)
  - Alzheimer's Disease (Neuroscience for Kids)
  - Books for Children and Teenagers (Alzheimer's Assn.)

Resources for Teachers and Parents
  - Helping children understand Alzheimer's (Mayo Clinic)
  - Talking to Teens and Children (Alzheimer's Assn.)
  - The Forgetting: A Portraits of Alzheimer's (PBS)

November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month, a time to remember those who are living with the disease, thank those who care for them, and recognize those who are seeking solutions to its cure and prevention.

Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. As Alzheimer’s progresses, individuals may also experience changes in personality and behavior, such as anxiety, suspiciousness or agitation, as well as delusions or hallucinations. Alzheimer's Association

Scientific research, including clinical trials and genetics studies, has revealed a great deal of useful information that can be applied to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s, but there is much still to be learned about the disease.

Alzheimer's research can also work to improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer's, their families, friends and caretakers by identifying ways to help patients learn new skills, caretakers cope with continuing challenges, and friends and family understand the changes in their loved one.

The onset of Alzheimer's disease in a friend or family member can be disturbing to people of any age. It is particularly difficult for children who may be living in the same household as someone with Alzheimer's. Articles such as Your Brain: More Powerful than a Wizard, More Complex than a Computer can help children and teens understand the disease, and help them develop healthy relationships with a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

Access Excellence @ the National Health Museum has these resources related to the brain and brain health:

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