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doctors, what are the physical characteristics of alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Ladislav Volicer
Geriatric Psychiatry 62 years experience
None: Alzheimer's disease is a brain disease and it does not affect the rest of the body in the early and middle stages.

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Does aluminum cause alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Evidence conflicts: There have been numerous studies on this topic and the jury is still out. If it does, it accumulates very slowly over many decades before having an effect. If there was a strong relationship, it is unlikely the data would be so conflicting.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is alzheimer's disease inherited?

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Dr. Benjamin Lessig
Geriatrics 25 years experience
Likely yes: If there is a strong history of alzheimer's disease in the family like grandparents, parents, uncles, aunts, brothers or sisters, then you could be at risk of developing it.
Dr. Justin ORourke
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Additionally, there is a stronger genetic component for those with Early Onset Alzheimer Disease (i.e., diagnosed before the age of 65).
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is help available for families to assist in coping with a loved one's alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: There are support groups for family members and caregivers of those with dementia. Some groups are free support groups and others are run by professionals or organizations. There are also online supports available. The local aging services agency can also be a resource.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is some of the latest research in alzheimer's disease?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Check online: The national institute on aging and multiple centers on aging exist around the country. And they have the latest information. They are looking for the cause so that more effective treatments can be found. To get there, they are looking for early diagnosis.
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is alzheimer's disease hereditary?

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Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Early onset alzheimers has a very large genetic component. Those who get the illness in their 60's, 70's or older have a much smaller genetic component contributing to their illness.

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