Alzheimers disease is defined as "an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks." --The Alzheimers Association Definition
Years ago you probably heard of senile dementia. You probably have even joked about your poor memory saying, “it must be old timers disease setting in” as if it were a precursor to Alzheimers.
There are actually several types of dementia, of which Alzheimers is one. So everyone who has Alzheimers has a form of dementia but not everyone who has dementia has Alzheimers.
It is named after the German Physician, Alois Alzheimer who first identified it. An autopsy on a woman who had severe memory loss and confusion revealed the culprit. There were plaques and tangled neural fibers in her brain tissue. He theorized these were responsible for the memory loss. He was right.
Although 100 percent accuracy in diagnosis can only come from an autopsy, doctors have a better than 90 percent accuracy in diagnosing it today.
Approximately 4 million people have the disease and over 370,000 new diagnoses are made each year. Three percent of those who are age 65-74 have the disease today. Those over 85 have a higher risk closer to 50 percent. Life expectancy is anywhere from 5 to 20 years. Those in end stage Alzheimers qualify for hospice care.
The resulting death rate is about 50,000 per year making Alzheimers the 7th leading cause of death.
How will it affect my loved one, my family as caretakers or worst of all, how will it affect me?
A more important question, what can be done now to help slow the progression and even perhaps prevent it. What can be done to help family members who may already have been affected?
It currently is not curable It's not contagious, don't let it prevent close association with family or loved ones It is not natural and it is not a normal part of aging It is not a side effect of using deodorants that have aluminum compounds (per current evidence) It is not the result of cooking in aluminum pots and pans (per current science )
Because current tests for Alzheimers are inconclusive and highly inaccurate, they could result in unnecessary worry about something that may never happen. Even worse, they could result in insurance denial even though you may never get the disease. What would you do if you really could find out anyway?
It is far better to make healthy choices in life right now. Life changes that could result in decreased risk later. It is like investing for the future. Some people do, others do not. The ones who do not, when faced with adversity will ask, "Why me?"
Consider this...One in two men will get cancer in their life time and one in three women will. That means the odds are in favor of you getting it...well, unless you take action now.
Why not reduce the risk of Alzheimers and cancer as well as a hos of other disease processes? That is what this site is dedicated to.
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