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What is the prognosis with altzheimer's disease?

What is the prognosis with altzheimer's disease?

That's hard: It depends on how severe and rapid and how young the person was when they got symptoms. These are all bad prognostic signs. So far alzhemiers is not curable, we can slow down the disease sometimes, and some people take a long time to worsen. Having said that it is a horrible disease both for the patients, family and caregivers and is ultimately fatal. ...Read more

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Differences between senile dementia and altzheimers disease?

Differences between senile dementia and altzheimers disease?

They are the same: It used to be thought that alzheimers only happened to young people-what we now call early onset alzheimers dementia. It was also thought that getting senile happened to all older adults. We now know senility and dementia are not normal aging. ...Read more

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What's the difference between presenile and senile dementia and altzheimers disease?

What's the difference between presenile and senile dementia and altzheimers disease?

Dementia: Is a general term for memory loss. Presenile simply means a dementia that occurred before expected. Senile means dementia that has occurred at a "more appropriate" age. Alzheimer's is a particular type of dementia. ...Read more

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Is altzheimer's a prion disease?

Is altzheimer's a prion disease?

Alzheimer dementia: Can show plaques in the brain that can stain similarly to those in prion diseases but are not clearly the same sort of protein. ...Read more

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What is Alzheimer's disease?

Common dementia: Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. Memory problems, word finding problems, word substitutions errors, getting lost in places that are familiar are often early symptoms. Also forgetting how to use tools that you used to know how to use. Finally, trouble evaluating info and following plans happen later. ...Read more

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What is alzheimer's disease?

What is alzheimer's disease?

Dementia: Alzheimer's is a specific form of dementia which includes severe short term and intermediate memory disturbance. There is some evidence it is genetic. There are very specific changes I the brain, but these are not easily identified by current brain scans ...Read more

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What is alzheimer's disease?

What is alzheimer's disease?

A form of dementia: Alzheimer' s disease is one type of dementia, conditions marked by of decline in cognitive status because of brain changes which lead to problems functioning. Its exact cause is not known but the greatest risk factor is old age and some forms that run in families. Sometimes other reversible conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptoms so a careful diagnosis is the first step ...Read more

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What causes Alzheimer's disease?

What causes Alzheimer's disease?

Unknown at present: Alzheimer's disease is one type of dementia, conditions marked by of decline in cognitive status & because of problems functioning. In spite of continuing research at this time exact cause is not known but greatest risk factor is old age & some forms run in families. Sometimes other conditions such as depression or low sodium can mimic symptom or worsen QOL so a careful diagnosis is first step. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease inherited?

Is alzheimer's disease inherited?

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. ...Read more

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Are there any cures for Alzheimer's disease?

Not yet: Some research suggests relative prevention in those who drink red wine, eat cold water fish thrice monthly, drink coffee, consume fruit juices, vegetable juices, meditteranean diet, etc. But, once it occurs. Only modest interventions are available, and no cure found so far. ...Read more

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What are the warning signs of alzheimer's disease?

Prodromal Alzheimers: Mild cognitive dysfnctn or prodromal may present with mild memory loss, but also can begin 3-5 yrs prior with depression and behavioral change which seems impossible to explain. May also see deterioration in language and organizational skills, early on. If you have concerns, see your doctor and get evaluation. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease preventable?

Is alzheimer's disease preventable?

Somewhat: The most important is controlling you blood pressure and cholesterol level. It is also important to have physical exercise and keep mentally fit. Some studies indicate that drinking in moderation, eating fish and dark chocolate might decrease the risk. ...Read more

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Could I be developing alzheimer's disease slowly or am I super forgetful?

Could I be developing alzheimer's disease slowly or am I super forgetful?

Unlikely: Alz disease "changes" begin early, but highly unlikely that you would be symptomatic from ad at 38 unless you had familial disease. Medication, depression, distractions, sleep deprivation among many other things all impact "forgetfulness. These are more likely that early ad symptoms. ...Read more

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Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

Am I getting alzheimer´s disease?

Need a lot more info: To even start to give you an answer, I would need to know a lot more about you: your age, medical conditions, why you think you might be getting alzheimer's. And that's just to start. To actually make the diagnosis requires a thorough work-up including, at least, a good history, a brain scan, comprehensive psychometric testing, lab work, and a physical exam. And there's even more possibly. ...Read more

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Help! What is alzheimer's disease?

Brain failure: Alzheimer's disease (ad), is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behavior. You can get more information at www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov. ...Read more

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Is alzheimer's disease hereditary?

Is alzheimer's disease hereditary?

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. ...Read more

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How do you get alzheimer's disease?

No one knows: There are some genetic compenents, and there are factors that increase risk. Those things that keep your heart healthy also generally help keep your brain healthy. ...Read more

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How does Alzheimer's disease start?

How does Alzheimer's disease start?

$64K question: We really still don't know how Alzheimer's disease starts, much less, how to cure it. Current medications only slow down progression of symptoms. In fact, we still debate whether plaques or tangles are cause or effect. Check out http://www. Alz. Org/braintour/plaques_tangles. Asp for basics. We do know that heart healthy folks have lower risk so one way to avoid AD is to take care of your heart. ...Read more

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Can people die from alzheimer's disease?

Can people die from alzheimer's disease?

Yes.: In the late stages of alzheimer's disease the body's vital functions break down. The body "forgets" how to swallow, the muscles grow rigid. The person starts to aspirate, they develop pneumonias, pressure ulcers and other infections that eventually kills them. It's important for patients and their families to talk with their doctor about an advanced directive before that happens. ...Read more

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