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What are my chances of getting Alzheimer's disease if parents had dementia?

What are my chances of getting Alzheimer's disease if parents had dementia?

The heritability : Of alzheimer's is relatively high: 55-80% in twin studies. However, only 6.4% of people develop ad in the us. Environmental factors play a greater role than genetics. Rather than worrying about you risk, take good care of yourself to be as healthy as you can be! ...Read more

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Dementia (Definition)

Dementia is a condition characterized by loss of brain function, manifesting as deficits in memory, reasoning, and judgment, as well as changes in behavior. These deficits are beyond what is ...Read more

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Do you have chance to get it if a parent was developing dementia like dlb or alzheimers?

Do you have chance to get it if a parent was developing dementia like dlb or alzheimers?

Some increased risk: Studies looking at genetic risk vary: an immediate family member who has alzheimer's raises one's odds of developing it by 10-3% over the general population. Some research indicates that an abnormal gene called apoe-4 raises the risk. ...Read more

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Living with Alzheimer's and Dementia (Checklist)

Exercise regularly
20 Min, Daily, forever
Take your medications and supplements
Once
Do mentally stimulating exercises, like read the newspaper
Daily
Don't stay in bed all day
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Do statins reduce the risk of getting dementia and alzheimer's disease?

Do statins reduce the risk of getting dementia and alzheimer's disease?

Controversial: Alzheimers disease affect at the same age of pats. With atherosclerosis. There is a dementia called multi infarct dementia that presents clinically indistinguishable from alzheimer's and is related to strokes associated to atherosclerosis and hypertension. Lowering cholesterol levels or preventing atherosclerosis (with statins) in theory prevents multi infarct dementia. Not aware of direct effect. ...Read more

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Are there other types of dementias besides alzheimer's disease?

Are there other types of dementias besides alzheimer's disease?

Yes: To name the few., alzheimer's dementia; vascular dementia (used to be called multi-infarct dementia); dementia with lewy bodies (dlb). Below is the link with descriptions of various types of dementia and possible etiology: http://www.Alz.Org/dementia/types-of-dementia.Asp. ...Read more

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What's the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease?

What's the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease?

Alz =1 type dementia: The term 'dementia' describes a set of symptoms which include loss of memory, mood changes, and problems with communication and reasoning. These symptoms may occur when the brain is damaged by certain diseases. Alzheimer’s is the most common (but not the only) cause of dementia. ...Read more

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How do you tell the difference between alzheimer's disease and other dementia?

How do you tell the difference between alzheimer's disease and other dementia?

Hints no clear rules: Alzheimer's usually impairs recent memory initially, with preservation at first of distant memory and other cognitive functioning. Eventually more global deficits occur. Often ad is a "diagnosis of exclusion" i.e., the most likely possibility after other causes are ruled out. It can only be diagnosed for certain with brain tissue samples, which is generally only done after death. ...Read more

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Living with Alzheimer's and Dementia (Checklist)

Learn all you can about dementia
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Always keep a light on at night
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Keep furniture sparse and refrain from rearranging it
Once
Establish a daily routine
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How do you tell the difference between Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia?

How do you tell the difference between Alzheimer's disease and advanced dementia?

Dementia: Alzheimer's "disease" is actually a form of dementia. It's the most common type of dementia -- 4.5 million americans have it. It's also a progressive, and currently irreversible, brain disease. Some medicines can stall the progression; cognitive & memory dysfunction may not be severe at first diagnosis. But the disease takes its toll, leading to advanced dementia -- and ultimately, death. ...Read more

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