In 2010, 94,000 people in Minnesota were diagnosed with Alzeimer's Disease. Alzeimer's is a disease that eventually leads to the destruction of brain cells, memory loss and the loss of other brain functions. It is not a natural part of aging but is the most common form of dementia (general term for diseases that damage brain cells). Alzheimer's is characterized by certain changes in the brain, including: plaques (clumps of protein beta-amyloid peptide), tangles (twisted strands of protein tau), loss of connection among brain cells, inflammation and death of brain cells. SInce the Alzheimer's Association was founded in 1980, many milestones have been made toward its treatment and possible cure and there are now 5 FDA approved drugs to slow the progress of this disease. Hopefully we are close finding an effective cure but for now, we will just have to wait.