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Is cognitive dysfunction an early stage of alzheimer’s?

Is cognitive dysfunction an early stage of alzheimer’s?

Many reasons: Mild cognitive impairment is often the initial manifestation of Alzheimer's but cognitive problems can be seen with vitamin deficiencies, thyroid problems, HIV and syphilis infections, and medication adverse effects. Alcohol and recreational drugs can also do this. ...Read more

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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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Are there any correlations of IBS to nervous system disorders like alzheimer's and parkinson's? What about correlations with ethnic background? If so, what is the hypothesis as to why these corrltns?

Are there any correlations of IBS to nervous system disorders like alzheimer's and parkinson's? What about correlations with ethnic background? If so, what is the hypothesis as to why these corrltns?

Vascular and social: Ethnic correlations with respect to dementia are probably related to differences among ethnicities in the prevalence of vascular risk factors such as hypertension (which is more common in african americans). Also, certain ethnicities have disadvantages related to socioeconomic status and access to care. Genetics also play a role and especially how genes interact with the environment. ...Read more

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Why don't all the symptoms of alzheimer's get better at once?

Why don't all the symptoms of alzheimer's get better at once?

No one knows: Some symptoms can improve with treatment while many symptoms do not. Often the best treatment is offering support to the person and their caregivers. Since we still are not exactly sure what causes the illness it is difficult to identify treatments. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my grandma's Alzheimer's is getting to her and we don't know what to do, help!?

What do you suggest if my grandma's Alzheimer's is getting to her and we don't know what to do, help!?

This can be very: difficult as there is only so much medications can do at times. See if there are any home nursing programs that can assist. Depending on her behaviors, do not be closed on assisted care facilities, not all are as bad as the movie Happy Gilmore makes them appear. Some are actually very nice. Ask around if you consider this. ...Read more

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My grandma doesn't remember anything even our family members is this considered as alzheimer's disease?

Most likely: Unfortunately, not recognizing family members is quite common in advanced alzheimer's disease. It might help if you always introduce yourselves when you are visiting your grandma. ...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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Aren't they using the terms dementia and Alzheimer's interchangeably these days?

Aren't they using the terms dementia and Alzheimer's interchangeably these days?

Some people seem to: Alzheimers is a type of dementia, probably now the most common, seems to be increasing , along with all other inflammation related illnesses-some suggestion it is related to chronic herpes virus infection that is really pervasive . There are specific criteria for alzh. And other types of dementia, neurologist referal indicated. ...Read more

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How can people die from alzheimers?

How can people die from alzheimers?

Causes: Most commonly, become susceptible to an infection, and most commonly die from pneumonia, but due to age, co-morbidities can emerge, such as a heart attack or stroke, and this can cause demise also. Severe trauma may be another category. ...Read more

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Is lashing out a symptom of alzheimers?

Is lashing out a symptom of alzheimers?

Yes: #10 of the alzheimer's association's 10 signs is change in mood & personality. Check out the complete list here at http://www.Alz.Org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.Asp. ...Read more

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What can be initial signs of alzheimers?

What can be initial signs of alzheimers?

Forgetfulness: Memory loss for new, not old, information is the first sign of alzheimer disease (ad). Before ad, people begin with amnestic mild cognitive impairment, which is diagnosed after neuropsychological testing indicates that there is a notable deficit in memory in the presence of otherwise intact cognitive and daily functioning. Ad usually develops in the 70s, but other dementias can develop earlier. ...Read more

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