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Alzheimer's is a degenerative neurological disorder that evolves slowly and progressively and is currently incurable. It generally begins with forgetfulness and a few lapses of memory, particularly in the short term, and a tendency to be distracted. It then progresses to a more severe decline of abilities such as reading, language, recognition of objects, and organizational abilities associated with behavioral problems. The patient with Alzheimer's ends up in a state of advanced dementia, can no longer take care of themselves, loses total autonomy, and dies. Alzheimer's generally appears in those aged 65 and older.