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What is pre-alzheimer's?

What is pre-alzheimer's?

Same as MCI: It is working in progress. Mild cognitve impairment, pre alzheimer's, syndromal alzheimer's are very similar but it is not clearly defined. Dementia is very broad term and alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. ...Read more

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How does alzheimer's work?

How does alzheimer's work?

No one really knows: There are tau tangles and amyeloid plaques that are associated with it. As brain cells die they cause atrophy. The temporal lobes are affected first. ...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 are alzheimer's stages?

What are alzheimer's stages?

Contact the: Alzheimer's foundation, or the judy fund in california. They have all the latest information. ...Read more

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How is alzheimer's inherited?

How is alzheimer's inherited?

Depends: Early onset illness is inherited at a high rate but the more common late onset alzheimers has a number of genes taht increase risk a small amount each. ...Read more

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Are there stages in alzheimer?

Are there stages in alzheimer?

Absolutely: Alzheimer disease can only be definitively diagnosed by a neuropathologist at the time of autopsy. Pathologically, there are six stages of alzheimer disease. Most older adults have early pathologic changes of alzheimer disease (stages i or ii), but they remain intellectually intact. ...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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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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Can young people get alzheimer's?

Can young people get alzheimer's?

Not generally: Alzheimers disease is primarily a disease of older people. Development before 60 years of age is uncommon. In younger people some disorders can cause memory impairment such as can occur with trauma to the brain, childhood developmental disorders and drug abuse. Major depression can mimick dementia with slow thinking, lack of initiative, poor self care. ...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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What is the symptoms for alzheimer?

What is the symptoms for alzheimer?

Alzheimer's Dementia: Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, a progressive deterioration of brain function that destroys memory and thinking skills. Early symptoms can be short-term memory lapses and problems with word-finding. Physical changes in the brain accompany worsening memory, confusion, language, sensory processing, learning, and conscious thought. For further info: http://tinyurl.Com/7gwkcq3. ...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?

$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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How to know if we have Alzheimer's ?

How to know if we have Alzheimer's ?

Trouble with memory: Alzheimer's disease by definition is a problem with memory as well as another cognitive function such as executive functioning (planning out tasks). There is usually a component of impaired function. The biggest risk factor is age; if you are concerned about yourself, the odds of an 18 Y.O. With alzheimer's is extremely low. Most ad patients don't believe anything is wrong with their memory. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of alzheimer's?

10 warning signs: You can get this information at http://www.Alz.Org/national/documents/checklist_10signs.Pdf. ...Read more

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Does alzheimer's have distinct stages?

Sort of: There are a number of different staging systems. If you don't have a specific purpose (like fitting into a medication trial or looking for hospice) i find it useful to look at 3 stages. Mild dementia requires no outside assistance. People with moderate disease benefit from having others regularly check on them and assist with complex tasks. Those with severe disease require 24 hour supervision. ...Read more

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