* Not a rare disease
The remaining cases of Alzheimer disease are familial, which means they are found in multiple members of a family. Familial Alzheimer disease can be divided into early-onset disease (symptoms begin before age 65) and late-onset disease (symptoms begin after age 65).
- Alzheimer Disease. Genetics Home Reference. October 2006; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition=alzheimerdisease. Accessed 1/18/2008.
- Alzheimer's Facts and Figures. Alzheimer's association. October 16, 2007; http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_facts_figures.asp. Accessed 1/18/2008.
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- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Alzheimer disease. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has developed a fact sheet on Alzheimer's disease. To view this fact sheet, click on the link below.
Resources for Kids
- The Alzherimer's Association provides videos and information to help kids and teens deal with the emotions and reactions that are common when a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Click on Alzheimer's Association to view these resources.
- NIH News: Scientists Report Important Step in Biomarker Testing for Alzheimer's Disease. National Institute on Aging (NIA). March 17, 2009.
- Learn how Alzheimer's disease affects the brain through the Alzheimer's Association's interactive Brain Tour
- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.