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Dr. Maureen Nash
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Alzheimer's Disease (Definition)

Alzheimer's disease is a progressively worsening brain disorder that affects memory. Symptoms usually begin with increasing forgetfulness and confusion and can progress to the inability to complete simple daily tasks. The cause of Alzheimer's is still generally unknown. Most patients with Alzheimer's usually become ...Read more


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Can you get alzheimer's disease by shaking your head or concussions?

Can you get alzheimer's disease by shaking your head or concussions?

A little complex: Standard head shaking is harmless, unless you injure your neck. Repetitive head injury such as many concussions can cause post-traumatic encephalopathy, which is seen in many professional athletes. There is a relationship with head trauma and alzheimer pathology, but is not anatomically in same locations as standard alzheimer's. ...Read more

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How do you get alzheimer's disease?

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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Is it possible for young people in their 20s or 30s to get Alzheimer's disease?

Very unlikely: Alzheimer's disease is not the only cause of dementia the typical alzheimer disease is highly unlikely in the age group you mention. ...Read more

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Will you eventually get alzheimer's disease if you get old enough, even if you don't have any of the genes?

Will you eventually get alzheimer's disease if you get old enough, even if you don't have any of the genes?

Unknown: There is no known answer to this question. We do know that there are people over the age of 100 who do not have alzheimers disease. We also know that there are people who have no clinical evidence of alzheimers at their death but who do have brain changes suggesting that they do have the illness. ...Read more

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What is a good way to get a person 'tested' for alzheimer's disease?

What is a good way to get a person 'tested' for alzheimer's disease?

History and exam: Alzheimer's disease is usually diagnosed on the basis of good clinical history obtained from the patient (to the extent possible) and from the patient's family, as well as from an examination to rule out other causes of other dementias. ...Read more

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Is dementia/Alzheimer's a disease of modern times or always been around. I don't ever want to get it when I'm old anything I can do to lower risk?

Is dementia/Alzheimer's a disease of modern times or always been around. I don't ever want to get it when I'm old anything I can do to lower risk?

Hopefully you won't: ....have anything to worry about by the time you get up to the typical age when people start having degenerative changes in their brains leading to AD. Hopefully, we will either have a vaccine, medication, or be able to do brain transplants to correct the problems! Yes, it's existed since the dawn of time though it was only named a century ago. Lots of things u can do now but none proven to work ...Read more

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Do people with alzheimer's disease also get depressed?

Do people with alzheimer's disease also get depressed?

Yes: Depression often precedes the development of dementia in alzheimers disease. In early alzheimers it can be difficult to diagnose the dementia though the depression is easier to see. In later alzheimers, the symptoms of depression may be there but a depressive illness is much less common. Some patients with advanced alzheimers benefit from antidepressants though these medications do have risks. ...Read more

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How do I get help for my mother who has Alzheimer's disease?

Which help?: There are many different kinds of help that could be provided but they depend on the stage of the disease and needs of the patient. ...Read more