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Session 3 - Understanding Dementia

Part 1 - What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's disease is a fatal, progressive and degenerative disease that destroys brain cells. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 64 per cent of all dementias in Canada.

Alzheimer's disease is not a normal part of aging. Symptoms include having difficulty remembering things, making decisions and performing everyday activities. These changes can affect the way a person feels and acts. There is currently no way to stop the disease, but research is improving the way we provide care and will continue to search for a cure.

Video: What is Alzheimer's Disease

Narrated by David Hyde Pierce, the video below provides an excellent explanation of plaques and tangles and the impact on brain deterioration throughout the course of the disease.  The video is 3:15 minutes in length.

Click on the link below to watch the video.

http://www.aboutalz.org/#

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