" after the joint meetings, the individual and family should understand the following key issues:
1) Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, but a degenerative disease of the brain that results in impaired memory, thinking and behavior.
2) Alzheimer’s disease affects every individual differently, so there is no exact way to determine how the disease will progress.
3) While there is no cure for the disease, some of its symptoms can be treated by medications and behavioral approaches.
4) Disclosure of the diagnosis allows the individual to maximize quality of life and be involved in planning future care decisions.
5) Assistance is available from the Alzheimer’s Association and other resources.
6) Progress is being made in research. One way to help that progress is by participating in clinical drug studies. To locate the clinical drug studies being conducted in the area, contact your local Alzheimer’s Association."
source : The Alzheimer's Association :