Alzheimer's


What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's is the most common form of memory loss. It is abnormal changes to the brain. Alzheimer's can get worse over time, and it may eventually interfere with the brain function. It is a fatal brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory.








What are symptoms of Alzheimer's?

Memory Loss may not be a typical part of aging. It could be a symptom of Alzheimer's.

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Forgetting important dates
  • Asking for the same information over and over and over again

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Changes in your ability to solve problems
  • Having more trouble concentrating

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at play
  • Finding it hard to complete daily tasks
  • Trouble driving to familiar places
  • Remembering rules to a familiar game

4. Confusing time or place
  • Losing track of dates
  • Trouble understanding
  • May forget where they are and how they got there
5. Trouble understanding visual images
  • Difficulty reading, judging distances, and determining color or contrast
  • They may also pass by a mirror and think someone else is in the room
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • May have trouble following or joining a conversation
  • They can also repeat themselves a lot
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace their steps
  • They would put things in unusual places
  • Lose things, and not being able re-trace steps
  • May accuse other people of stealing it
8. Decrease or poor judgment
  • Poor judgment with money
  • May pay less attention to how clean they are
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  • They would remove themselves from hobbies, activities, projects, or sports
  • They may have trouble keeping up with their favorite sports team
10. Changes in mood or personality
  • Can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, or anxious
  • May become easily upset, when they are out of their comfort zone
Signs of Alzheimer's
Typical age-related
Poor judgment and decision making
Making bad decisions once in a while
Inability to manage budget
Missing monthly payment
Losing track of dates or the season
Forgetting which day it is and remembering later
Difficulty having conversations
Sometimes forgetting which word to use
Misplacing things and not being able to retrace
steps to find it

Losing things from time to time



Who is affected by Alzheimer's?


They estimated that around 5 million people had suffered from Alzheimer's, and 360,000 is diagnosed every year. It affects around 10% of people 65 years and older. Half of the population over 85 may have Alzheimer's. Experts think 16 million Americans would have the disease in 2050.


What are the risk factors for Alzheimer's Disease?

One risk is Age. It usually happens after you are 65 years old. The risk gets higher as you get older. Another risk is family history. So if you have a family member with Alzheimer's it increases you risk. Other factors include previous serious head injury and environmental factors. But sciencetist are still trying to solve these mysteries.
So if your family has Alzheimer's, then that might raise your risk of getting Alzheimer's!
So if your family has Alzheimer's, then that might raise your risk of getting Alzheimer's!





What happens to the brain in Alzheimer's disease?


The nerve cells shrink and die. As the never cells die, the brain itself shrinks and the wrinkles on the surface become smoother.

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www.alzinfo.org/alzheimers-diseas-treatment-information.asp
http://alzheimers.about.com/od/whatisalzheimer1/a/causes.htm
www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Wv9jrk-gXc