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How Brain Plaque Is Linked
to Alzheimer’s       

Alzheimer's affects the brain and causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior.

Scientists believe a key part of Alzheimer's is the gradual buildup of amyloid plaque in the brain. This buildup can interfere with the brain cells we need to remain cognitively healthy.

Amyloid plaque can begin building up before symptoms even appear.

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease
There are 3 stages to Alzheimer's: 

Stage 1:

Stage 2:

Stage 3:

*These images are for illustrative purposes only. They are not meant to exactly represent the organ or all components that may contribute to loss of brain function in Alzheimer's.

How is plaque of the brain detected?

Specialists typically diagnose Alzheimer's and can order testing for amyloid plaque. Talk to your doctor, and if you need help finding a specialist, you may be able to find one here.


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It's time to talk
to your doctor

Noticing changes?

  • If you or others are noticing any changes, it may be time to share these concerns with your doctor.
  • Consider asking your doctor if cognitive screening may be right for you.
  • Your doctor may refer you to a specialist, such as a neurologist or geriatrician. A specialist may test you for amyloid plaque, which is commonly seen in people with Alzheimer's.
  • These tests can help your doctor confirm a diagnosis and see which options may be right for you.

Start the conversation

Try the Memory Response Exercise —you can take it online and discuss it with your doctor.

This memory exercise is not a medical diagnosis. Only a doctor can diagnose a memory-related disorder or disease.

Managing mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer's

There are a number of different approaches for managing Alzheimer's, giving people options when deciding on a plan with their doctor. Your doctor may test your brain for the presence of amyloid plaques, which can help them know which options are available for you.

There are also many lifestyle changes that may help improve your overall health and cognition.

Practice healthy habits: Lifestyle choices like proper nutrition, sleeping well, and regular exercise to promote good health can have cognitive benefits.

Stay social: Keeping up with social activities, such as visiting and talking to friends and family, can also provide emotional and cognitive benefits.

Train your brain: Learning new things and having hobbies, like crossword puzzles or sudoku, can help keep cognitive skills sharp, too.

Other coping techniques: Keeping lists, engaging a caregiver to help, and planning for tasks and appointments ahead of time are all ways you can help manage your symptoms and stay organized.

Talk to a doctor: It's always important to talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have. Psychiatrists, psychologists, and occupational therapists may also be able to offer therapies, management information, and coping techniques that can help with any behavioral or mood changes.

Together with your doctor, you may be able to find a way to begin caring for MCI due to Alzheimer's. Your doctor may recommend you see a specialist, such as a neurologist or a geriatrician. They can further assess your cognitive health and explain what options may be available for you. So, talk to your doctor today.