Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. The disease affects almost 6 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer's Association. As the population ages, it’s predicted that the number of people in the U.S. with Alzheimer's could more than double by 2060. Current Alzheimer's disease medications may improve symptoms temporarily or slow the rate of decline, but there is no cure or treatment that alters the disease process in the brain.
On this Mayo Clinic Radio program segment, Dr. Ronald Petersen, director of the Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, will share an update on ongoing research and the fight against Alzheimer's.