Alzheimer's Disease

Read about the most common form of Dementia!

Signs That YOU Have Alzheimer's:

Memory loss- More likely for recent experiences to be forgotten

Repetition- may repeat stories, sometimes word for word. They may keep asking the same questions, no matter how many times they're answered.

Language problems- profound problems remembering just basic words. Their way of speaking may become contorted and hard to follow.

Personality changes- sudden mood swings, they might become emotional - upset or angry - for no particular reason. They might become withdrawn or stop doing things they usually enjoy. They could become uncharacteristically suspicious of family members -- or trusting of telemarketers.

Disorientation and confusion- may get lost in places they know very well, like their own neighborhoods. They may have trouble completing basic and familiar tasks, like cooking dinner or shaving.

Lack of hygiene-People who have dressed smartly every day of their lives might start wearing stained clothing or stop bathing.

Odd behavior-prone to placing objects in odd and wholly inappropriate places, they might put a toothbrush in the fridge or milk in the cabinet under the sink.

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What Exactly Is Alzheimers:

Alzheimer's is an inherited disease with a umber of different single-gene mutations on chromosomes 21, 14, and 1. The correct name for this gene is APOE e4 although not everyone with APOE e4 gets Alzheimer's. Some complications of Alzheimer's would be memory and language loss, impaired judgment, and other cognitive changes caused by Alzheimer's can complicate treatment for other health conditions. A person with Alzheimer's disease may not be able to communicate pain, report symptoms for another illness, follow a prescribed treatment plan, or notice/ describe medication side effects. It is autosomal recesive, and detecting if you are a carrier of this disease is done by a series of assessments like a neurological exam, mental status tests, and brain imaging. Donepezil, rivastigmine, and galantamine are used to treat mild or moderate Alzheimers. As for research and outlook what we have now is what scientists would term "symptomatic therapy," Drugs that are FDA-approved for Alzheimer's disease help people stay functional a bit longer.

Cecilia White