-A disease that damages the brain's intellectual functions (memory, orientation, calculation).
Alzheimer's is known as a disease of later life (60+), but it is possible to show up in people as young as 30....so THAT'S why it is important to be informed on this disease.
[Memory loss, difficulty planning and completing tasks, confusion, problems speaking.]
EARLY stages: Hard to learn and retain new information; short-term memory is affected.
MIDDLE stages: Becomes hard to remember memories; distant memory is affected.
LATER stages: Becomes very difficult to recognize faces and names of important people.
+In the middle and later stages, Alzheimer's patients may have hallucinations.
...It should be clear by now that Alzheimer's is a serious matter. Do not take it lightly.
People with head injuries have a higher risk of getting Alzheimer's....so watch out!
And interestingly, women are at a higher risk of getting Alzheimer's than men are....so women, INFORM yourself!
What's the CAUSE of Alzheimer's? Honestly, scientists do not know. They believe age, the environment, and lifestyle patterns lead to Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's is rarely caused by specific genetic changes, but it is possible.
Alzheimer's makes the brain shrink due to the death of cells and loss of tissue; the Cortex shrivels up. However, the frontal, temporal, and parietal lobes are most affected. But overall, who's affected the most?...
If you aren't the one directly affected, then you're probably the close family member of someone who is. Watching your loved one slowly start to forget you is the worst pain of the whole disease, directly and indirectly. So INFORM yourself, and be educated on Alzheimer's Disease.
When will somebody be properly diagnosed? After:
- A neurological test.
- A mental/remembrance test.
- A blood test.
- A brain imaging test.
Do you have Alzheimer's Disease? Take the quiz to find out.
1. Do you have confusion with time and place?
2. Do you have trouble understanding images and/or spatial relationships?
3. Do you need many reminders to do things you would have normally done on your own?
4. Do you feel more sad or cry lately?
5. Do you have trouble understanding/following a conversation?
6. Do you misplace things often?
7.Do you have changes in personality?
8. Do you often repeat yourself or ask the same question over and over?
If you responded "Yes" to any of these questions, please see a doctor for a more advanced diagnosis.
1. Enzyme inhibitors (Anicept, Exelon, Razadyne, Cognex, and Namenda) treat the cognitive systems.
2. Memantine regulates the monosodium (acid) in the brain.
3. Dietary supplements and "medical foods" used as memory enhancers.
Neurons are the main cells destroyed by Alzheimer's disease, and these drugs work to re-boost cell-to-cell communication in the brain.
Alzheimer's Disease is progressive; there is no cure and no way to slow its progression.
Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S.
Every 67 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer's.
There is something
Start up "The Longest Day" in YOUR city, and get everybody to dedicate 24 hours to nothing but physical and mental activities.