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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?

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?

Namenda (memantine): There are few things physical and psychological exercise reading walking doing puzzle treating blood pressure loose weight aricept/ Namenda (memantine) omega 3 and more there is patch best to start treatment as soon symptom appear. ...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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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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Help! need to know if there's a test that will tell me if i will get alzheimer's one day?

Help! need to know if there's a test that will tell me if i will get alzheimer's one day?

No: There is no test that can detect whether you will have dementia in the future; research is expanding and there are several imaging tests available currently that can aid in the diagnosis when one is symptomatic. ...Read more

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Can a teenager get alzheimer's?

No: Alzhiemer's normally affects people 65 and older and there is higher prevalence in age 85 and older. Dementia however has been noted in patients in their late 40's to 50 year olds known as early onset dementia. But teenagers are not affected by alzheimer;s. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get Alzheimer's or dementia at 38?

Is it possible to get Alzheimer's or dementia at 38?

Dementia: Alzheimer's doesn't usually develop at 38. But rarely, dementing processes (not usually alzheimer's) can begin early. If you're concerned about your thinking and memory, please start by seeing your family physician. Full evaluation of your cognitive function can proceed as needed -- and a psychiatrist and/or neurologist would need to be involved also. ...Read more

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My father has alzheimers. Aricept and namenda (memantine) had worked well-but not so well lately. Whats next?

My father has alzheimers. Aricept and namenda (memantine) had worked well-but not so well lately. Whats next?

Modest meds.: The memory enhancing agents for alz are not cures and only modest control measures. Usually benefits last only a few years. Two other choices might be Exelon patch or galantamine, (galantamine hydrobromide) but you might want to first go to Aricept 23, if not tried yet. ...Read more

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Is Aricept (donepezil) normally used for prevention of Alzheimer's as well as treatment?

Is Aricept (donepezil) normally used for prevention of Alzheimer's as well as treatment?

No: Aricept (donepezil) has no value in prevention of alzheimer's. It only increases a chemical in the brain known as acetylcholine. This slows functional decline early in dementia and helps behaviors late. There are no disease modifying medications known as of 2012. ...Read more

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Can doctors predict who will get alzheimer's?

Can doctors predict who will get alzheimer's?

No: We have found certain risk factors, but we are not at a level of understanding that we can know who will suffer this disorder. ...Read more

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Please help me! can a 14 year old get alzheimer?

Not likely: Unless you have in your family several members who developed alzheimer's disease in an early age, it is unlikely that you would get it. If you do, then there may be a bad gene in you family members that can cause early development of alzheimer's disease. ...Read more

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Can children with progeria get alzheimer's as kids?

No: Progeria is completely different disease and people with progeria do not develop changes in their brain indicating Alzheimer's disease. ...Read more