Alzheimer's Disease

What it is, & how we can help in the fight against it

What is Alzheimer's?

Alzheimer's Disease is a progressive mental disorientation that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized degeneration of the brain. It is the most common cause of premature senility. It was discovered by a German scientist by the name of Alois Alzheimer, when he saw strange occurrences happening inside a patient's brain.

Symptoms of Alzheimer's:

Alzheimer's Disease can do many things to impact those who have it. Here are a few symptoms of Alzheimer's:

-Memory Impairment

-Difficulty concentrating

-Problems finishing daily tasks

-Confusion with location or time

-Visual difficulties like not understanding the right driving distance, or loosing things easily

-Language and speech problems

-Poor judgment

-Withdrawing from events or social gatherings

-Mood changes, like depression

Fact: Alzheimer's is one of the most common diseases in the U.S.

Life expectancy with Alzheimer's

If you or a someone you know contracts Alzheimer's, there is a wide range of how long you can live. It differs from male and female and from younger to older people. Women who have Alzheimer's usually live an average of 4 and a half years after getting their diagnoses, while men usually only live about 4 years. Yet, these are just averages from previous patients, and there is really no telling on the person's life expectancy. They could live years beyond their diagnoses. We just go by the facts. On the other hand, age also matters in life expectancy. The older you are when you get the disease, the less time you are likely to live. For example, if a 90 year old woman got Alzheimer's, she may only have a few years to live. Meanwhile, if a 65 year old woman got it, she could live up to possibly 10 years after her diagnoses. It all just depends on the personal situation you are in when diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

Medications for Alzheimer's:

Here are several medications that are available for people with Alzheimer's:

Namenda XR

Namzaric

Exelon

Aricept

Razadyne ER

These are just a few medications for Alzheimer's. There are many more, but these are just some of the common ones.

Alzheimer's Foundation of America Information:

A non-profit organization based in New York City to help those who have Alzheimer's, and those who have a loved one with Alzheimer's. To contact the organization, you can email the President and Chief Executive Officer Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., call them, or go to the website listed below

More Details About Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is a very unique disease. It is very common, yet there is no way to stop it. Scientists are not exactly sure how people get Alzheimer's, but they do know that genes are involved. Scientists have found clues for Alzheimer's in genes on chromosomes 1, 4, 19, and 21. In addition, they also know that it is a recessive. It takes a homozygous pair to pass it on to the next generation. As mentioned, Alzheimer's is very common. It is even one of the most common diseases in the country. One study said that eventually, everyone in America will have Alzheimer's, or care for someone that has it. About 30% of people over the age of 80 have Alzheimer's. Right now, nearly 5 million people have Alzheimer's. This disease is most often seen in people 60 or older. Plus, it is very age-related. You don't see a teenager with Alzheimer's. It is seen in older people a lot more. The older you get, the more of a chance or risk you have of getting Alzheimer's. All in all, these are some facts we know about Alzheimer's, but there is so much more we can learn about it.
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Tests To Check For Alzheimer's:

There are several tests your doctor can use to see if you, or someone you know has Alzheimer's. They can:

-Check if you have impaired memory or thinking

-See if you have mood changes or swings

-See how your problems with thinking affect your daily life

-Check the cause of you symptoms

-Interview family members or friends for any signs of the disease

-Give you a Mental Status Test and or a Nureopsychological Test

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Other Organizations For Alzheimer's:

- Alzheimer's Association

- Family Caregiver Alliance

- Caregiver Action Network

- Children of Aging Parents