Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's Disease - elderly man scratches his head in confusion

Alzheimer’s disease (or senile dementia or loss of memory of old age) used to be called second childhood, or the person was described as eccentric. Today it is recognised as the most common form of dementia in the elderly, but it may start as early as the mid-fifties.

It is named after the Wroclaw (Poland) neurologist Alois Alzheimer, who was born in 1864, and first described the disease in the medical literature.

(Last modified: 5th Nov 2014)

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