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Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to waste away (degenerate)
and die. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia — a continuous decline in
thinking, behavioral and social skills that disrupts a person’s ability to function independently.
The early signs of the disease may be forgetting recent events or conversations. As the disease
progresses, a person with Alzheimer’s disease will develop severe memory impairment and lose
the ability to carry out everyday tasks. (Mayo Clinic.com)

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