[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text el_class=”bigP”]What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive form of dementia that results in a gradual loss of brain function over time. One’s behavior, memory and cognitive abilities are all affected by this disease.
Who gets Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s Disease primarily affects people ages 60 and older, although men and women in their 40’s and 50’s are also diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. The risk of having Alzheimer’s increases with age. Researchers do not know what causes Alzheimer’s, but one’s genes play an important role in the development of the disease, and it is therefore considered a genetic disease.
Should people with Alzheimer’s Disease live at home?
There are indicators to look for when determining if your family member should continue to live at home, or live in a facility. Some factors to consider include if your loved one:
- Is isolated
- is non-communicative
- Is a danger to him/herself
- is wandering
- Is unable to perform daily routines independently
- Is depressed
If you are concerned that your family member is not happy, not safe or not receiving proper care at home, then it is time to look for help. Research local support groups, community programs, facilities and other resources that meet the needs of your family. Research initiatives conducted by local hospitals frequently take place and are also beneficial to learn about.
Is there a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease?
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, but there are several medications available via a doctor’s subscription that will help slow down the progression of the disease.
Are vitamins effective in treating Alzheimer’s Disease?
Vitamin E is sometimes prescribed by doctors for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease because it is an antioxidant and can protect brain tissue. As with any medication, check with your doctor before taking Vitamin E.
What can I do to help slow down Alzheimer’s Disease?
The National Alzheimer Center suggests maintaining one’s brain ability with easy, every day steps, such as working on crossword puzzles and brainteasers, writing poems or even learning a new instrument. Eating unprocessed, natural and organic food is also beneficial to your brain and body. In addition, daily exercise and taking up a new sport are helpful. The National Alzheimer Center also recommends joining a book club – reading and remembering details from a book selection, and then discussing them are great for your brain!