Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms develop over time and interfere with daily tasks. There is no cure, but ongoing research such as ours hopes to find some of the causes so that symptoms can be delayed and treated.
The main symptom of AD is dementia, which is memory loss. An early warning sign is difficulty remembering newly learned information. Other symptoms include becoming disoriented, behavior changes, paranoia, and finally, difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.
Alzheimer’s Disease can affect anyone, but it is more likely to affect people over 65, women, and individuals of African Americans or Hispanic heritage. Family history is also a risk factor. Dr. Haines has identified genetic risk factors as well. This study, and your participation will help identify more genetic risk factors.