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What should I write in a get well card for a friend who has alzheimers?

What should I write in a get well card for a friend who has alzheimers?

Alzheimer's friend: This is simple. The note should merely say you love them and are thinking about them. Depending on the severity of the alzheimer's you might want to include a picture of yourself with the card to help them make the association to you. Keeping sending this kind of message any chance you get. ...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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I'm wondering why would someone with alzheimer's play checkers well but have a hard time holding a sensible conversation?

Memory functions: Alzheimer's does not affect all cognitive functions at the same pace, and may instead spare certain abilities for a while. Checkers likely involves more procedural memory, and may be preserved a bit longer. Conversation involves language, attention, executive abilities, and due to more complex and fluctuating interaction would be afflicted far more earlier. ...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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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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How common is it for somebody to get alzheimer's?

Depends: The incidence of alzheimer's disease depends on a person's age and to some extent family history. 10% of people over 65, and >45% of people over 85 have ad. If there is late onset ad in the family (onset >65) the risk to children is only a few percent. If there is early onset ad (onset < 60) the risk can be up to 50%. The early onset type of ad is much, much less common overall. ...Read more

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What is good nutrition for my husband who has alzheimer's?

What is good nutrition for my husband who has alzheimer's?

Balanced Nutrition +: You probably already know that everyone needs a balanced diet. Dementia sufferers often develop a sweet tooth. Supplements like ensure, often "doctored" with fruits and protein powders are useful. Protein intake is often lacking, but readily available supplements can really help that. Poor teeth, difficulty chewing, often necessitate liquid only diets. ...Read more

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What medication are good for treating Alzheimer's disease?

What medication are good for treating Alzheimer's disease?

Several choices: For early alzheimer's recommend use of medical foods, such as cerefolin-nac, or the "fuel" axona. From mild to moderate might consider Exelon patch, donepezil, or galantamine, (galantamine hydrobromide) and Namenda as process worsens. Really not more than modest benefits at most. ...Read more

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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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