Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that gives a caretaker a feeling of hopelessness. This disease works on the memories and thinking skills of an individual. This disease slowly destroys a person’s past thoughts and interferes with everyday life functions. Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive disease that destroys the memory function of the brain. Alzheimer’s has affected millions of people worldwide and the number of people affected seems to increase yearly. Alzheimer’s disease is named after a woman doctor whose name is Alois Alzheimer. After doctor Alois Alzheimer died during the autopsy the physician found clumps that were abnormal in her brain. These abnormal clumps are now called amyloid plaques. People that may have early signs of Alzheimer’s may repeat words or sentences, misplace things often, forget the names of family members, repeat the same conversation over and over, forget where they have put objects, and possibly become violent as the disease deteriorates the mind. Alzheimer’s disease can also cause social withdrawal, anxiety, mood swings, distrust, personality changes, and depression. Research scientists have not found what causes Alzheimer’s disease and may never find a cure. Alzheimer’s rarely affects people younger than forty years of age. With new treatments becoming available hopefully this new research will help improve the quality of life of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. If you know someone who has any of the signs or symptoms covered in this article please talk to them about seeking medical help. If you have noticed that you may have one or more of these signs or symptoms please seek medical help.