The Second Edition of this chart defines Alzheimer's disease and
discusses the aging brain, dementia, and diagnosing Alzheimer's
disease. It lists risk factors, describes the three main stages of
Alzheimer's disease, and provides key management techniques for
both patients and their families and caregivers.
The chart illustrates and discusses the areas of the brain
affected by the disease, amyloid plaques (also called senile
plaques), and physical changes to the cerebral cortex. It shows and
describes the abnormal cellular structures involved
(granulovacuolar degeneration and neurofibrillary tangles) and
explains how Alzheimer's disease destroys the way neurons "talk" to
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