It's a word that evokes fear in most of us: a slow loss of our ability to think straight, to remember things, even to recognise our loved ones. And so it is no surprise that repeated surveys show that many people would prefer death to Alzheimer's disease.
But just what is Alzheimer's disease? It's been a hundred years since the term first emerged and, despite three solid decades of research and investigation, we still don't know what causes it and how best to treat it.
Professor Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology at the Case Western Reserve University, and his wife, Catherine Whitehouse, are keynote speakers at HammondCare's 8th Biennial International Conference on Dementia.
The Myth of Alzheimer's - Dr Peter Whitehouse on ABC Radio National