Barcelona Alzheimer Treatment & Research Center

what is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is currently the most common form of dementia and, according to data from the Spanish Ministry of Health, 800,000 people have been diagnosed in the country.

Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease, mainly characterised by the slow onset of symptoms (such as memory loss, language alterations, spatial and temporal disorientation, etc.), which evolve as the years pass.

It was first described by the German psychiatrist and neurologist Alois Alzheimer in 1906, which is why it is named after him. It is generally diagnosed in people over the age of 75, although there are a growing number of cases of early appearance of the disease, so it can be separated into two broad groups: Late-Onset AD and Early-Onset AD.

One peculiarity of Alzheimer’s is that even today, its causes are unknown; this is why research takes special priority at Fundació ACE.

Alzheimer's home
registered in 2009 - 35 milions
estimated in 2050 - 107 milions

It is calculated that in September 2009 there were approximately 35 million registered cases in the world. It appears that in 2050, the number of people affected by this disease could reach 107 million.

Dr. Boada tells us about Alzheimer's Disease