Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. (The second most common form is caused by blood clots from ministrokes, a cardiovascular problem.) Alzheimer's is characterized by a serious impairment and worsening of memory, plus a decline in at least one other cognitive function, such as in perception or language skills. As Alzheimer's pro gresses, it leads to a loss of motor skills and reduced independence in daily activities, such as grooming and going to the bathroom.
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