Flexi Says: Alzheimer's disease affects about four million people in the United States each year. Most of the victims are people over 65 years of age. The disease causes a huge loss of neurons in the brain. It also causes abnormal neuron structure that disrupts synapses and abnormal mineral deposits. The result is a gradual loss of brain function beginning with mild memory loss. When a person with Alzheimer's disease has trouble remembering things or moving around, the symptoms are sometimes dismissed as just a part of “getting old.” Eventually, people with Alzheimer's disease become unable to function at all. At the present time, there is no treatment for this disease.