Alzheimer's Disease
4 views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Andrea Martel
Scoop.it!

Memory Loss & 10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer's Association

Memory Loss & 10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s | Alzheimer's Association | Alzheimer's Disease | Scoop.it
Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's. Learn the 10 early signs of Alzheimer's and what to do if you notice them.
Andrea Martel's insight:

This article talks about symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and compares them to normal signs of aging. A person with Alzheimer’s will make poor choices and have bad judgment. That’s not normal. A person with normal aging will make a bad choice once and a while. Not as often as a person with Alzheimer’s disease. With Alzheimer’s you will have a hard time managing money and making payments. A normal person will forget to make a payment or simply miss it. A normal person will also forget what day it is or the date and then remember it later. With Alzheimer’s they will forget the date and year and not be able to remember it later. People with Alzheimer's disease also have a hard time holding a conversation. With a normal aging person, they will just forget a word. They will also misplace items once and a while. Alzheimer's people with loose it and put in in a weird place and have a hard time retracing their steps.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Martel
Scoop.it!

About Alzheimer's Disease: Treatment | National Institute on Aging

Andrea Martel's insight:

This article focuses on the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Since Alzheimer’s affects everyone differently and there are different symptoms, it’s unlikely that there will be a cure for it. The cures they are working focus on the different parts of Alzheimer’s disease. It can slow down the process, but not cure it. The drugs that are out there focus on maintaining mental function, and slowing down the process. There are a few different drugs out there. For Mild and moderate Alzheimer’s, there is Donepezil, rivastigmine, and galantamine. These rugs are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They help with thinking, memory, and speaking skills. To do this, they regulate neurotransmitters. Again, it only slows down the process. It might not work for some people and for a certain amount of time. They are testing new drugs to see if they will prevent the disease and reduce symptoms.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Andrea Martel from Alzheimer's and Dementia
Scoop.it!

Dementia and Eight Types of Dementia | Alzheimer's Reading Room

Dementia and Eight Types of Dementia | Alzheimer's Reading Room | Alzheimer's Disease | Scoop.it
Dementia is the gradual deterioration of mental functioning that effects memory, mood, thinking, concentration, and judgment.

Via Bob DeMarco
Andrea Martel's insight:

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia. Dementia is an illness that occurs slowly over a long period of time. Early signs of dementia include having trouble problem solve, difficulty learning new things, and bad decision making. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. Dementia can be caused by AIDS, Lyme disease, high fever, long-term drug or alcohol abuse, poor nutrition, and brain tumors. Dementia includes a decline in memory and some other cognitive inabilities. To be dementia it must interfere with your daily life.  Alzheimer’s makes up 60-80 percent of dementia. The second most common type of dementia is Vascular Dementia. This is caused by lack of blood flow to the brain caused by small strokes that block the arteries. Vascular dementia has the same symptoms as Alzheimer’s disease.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Andrea Martel from Alzheimer's and Dementia
Scoop.it!

What is Alzheimer's Disease? | Alzheimer's Reading Room

What is Alzheimer's Disease? | Alzheimer's Reading Room | Alzheimer's Disease | Scoop.it
Alzheimer's disease effects thinking, concentration, memory, and judgment, and ultimatelhy impedes a person’s ability to perform normal daily activities.

Via Bob DeMarco
Andrea Martel's insight:

This Article tells you what Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It affects your memory, mood and behavior. It’s a brain disorder with no known cure. It mostly affects old people. Women are more likely to get Alzheimer’s than men mostly because women live longer. It is slightly hereditary by three percent. People suffering Alzheimer’s often forget the date and year. Alzheimer patients may also start to hoard things like soap, and toilet paper. Becoming depressed, having anxiety, distrust in others are also signs of Alzheimer’s. Since people with Alzheimer’s can’t really care for themselves, they then have a bigger risk of becoming sick or falling. To help prevent getting Alzheimer’s disease, it is suggested to have a healthy diet, exercise your body, and exercise your mind.  

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Andrea Martel
Scoop.it!

Namenda (memantine HCl) – Official Site

Namenda (memantine HCl) – Official Site | Alzheimer's Disease | Scoop.it
Namenda (memantine HCl) - Learn more about Namenda and find information for patients and caregivers. Namenda (memantine HCl) is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease. Namenda is available by prescription only.
Andrea Martel's insight:

There are three different stages to Alzheimer’s disease. The first one is Mild. Symptoms in this stage are often confused with normal signs of aging. Alzheimer’s is not normal aging. In the mild stage a person may become confused in familiar places, have trouble handling money, have personality changes, misplace objects, and take longer to perform daily tasks. The second stage is moderate. In this stage Alzheimer’s symptoms become more noticeable. You will have more memory loss and confusion, Problems recognizing familiar faces, repeat words, stories, and questions, don’t have a lot of concern with hygiene, and have problems with tasks with more than one step. Like getting dressed and forgetting to put on pants. The last stage is Severe. When you get to this stage, full-time care is required. In this stage you forget faces, even your own. You also have problems with communication, lack of control on your bodily functions, and moaning and groaning. Not all these symptoms happen to everyone. But they are the most common.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Andrea Martel from Alzheimer's Disease Alexa Williams
Scoop.it!

A History of Alzheimer's Disease

A History of Alzheimer's Disease | Alzheimer's Disease | Scoop.it
Read about the history of Alzheimer's disease.

Via Alexa Williams
Andrea Martel's insight:

This article talks about the history of Alzheimer’s and how it was discovered. In 1906 Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German physician, discovered the disease during a brain autopsy. When one of his patients died, he performed an autopsy and discovered a group of nerve cells. The fibers in the nerve cells were twisted and tangled. In the 1960’s a discovery was made on the number of nerve cells and the cognitive decline. Over time, there have been many discoveries about Alzheimer’s disease and the factors that go into it. There is currently no treatment for Alzheimer’s. There are a few drugs that will treat the symptoms. These drugs only slow down the process of Alzheimer’s disease.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Andrea Martel from The Health Story
Scoop.it!

Ten Symptoms of Early Stage Alzheimer's Disease | Alzheimer's Reading Room

Ten Symptoms of Early Stage Alzheimer's Disease | Alzheimer's Reading Room | Alzheimer's Disease | Scoop.it
Most of the Alzheimer's caregivers I know can look back and identify symptoms and behaviors that they now know were early signs of Alzheimer's dementia.

Via Susan Andrews
Andrea Martel's insight:

This article talks about early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Many people use the excuse they are just getting old. Alzheimer’s is hard to diagnose until a major event occurs. In the early stages they still appear to act normal. Personal caretakers are not the right people to test them for Alzheimer’s. Over a period of time, Alzheimer’s gets worse. Alzheimer’s symptoms vary from person to person.  Some of the symptoms of early Alzheimer’s disease are: becoming withdrawn, losing your short term memory, lapse in judgment, and misplacing belonging in odd places. Some common signs are asking the same question over and over again, forgets to eat, having difficultly handling money, and unable to recall certain words.

more...
No comment yet.