https://vimeo.com/152733864 Could it be possible to one day treat Alzheimer's disease a decade before the patient actually starts experiencing symptoms? This is the subject matter of the presentation made by Dr. Reisa Sperling at the BWH Inspires conference in Palm Beach, Florida in January 2016. Distinguishing between Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Find out more. This video shared by the Brigham and Women's Hospital explains that research has found that changes in the brain of Alzheimer's patients begin years, even decades before the person has any symptoms of the disease. PET scans can now show the build up of amyloid plaques and tau tangles, which are known to be the cause of Alzheimer's disease. This breakthrough will help researchers to come up with treatments and therapies that can help slow down the build-up of amyloid and tau and halt the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Find out more about the three stages of Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.