Alzheimer's sclerosis

Alzheimer's sclerosis

Etymology: Alois Alzheimer; Gk, sklerosis, hardening
the degeneration of small cerebral blood vessels, resulting in mental changes.

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Q. My father is 84 and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I would like to share with all of you a common question that I hear a lot regarding Alzheimer. My father is 84 and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Is there anything I can do to affect how long I stay mentally sharp or is it solely determined by my genes?

A. This is a question that I hear a lot and the answer is Yes. What we do also counts. It is not just genetics. While there is currently no medication that cures Alzheimer’s disease, there is quite a bit of science that shows that although our genes count, our brain health is not completely predetermined. Research shows us that certain behaviors and life style support brain health and prolong mental acuity. Important contributors to brain health are being socially active, physically active, and cognitively active. We need to continue to challenge our mind even when we are no longer in school or are retired. We need to keep a healthy nutrition, make sure we get adequate sleep, and engage in enjoyable activities and life style that help reduce stress levels. Being happy and feeling good about ourselves is also important.

Q. How can alzheimer's disease be slowed down? My father has alzheimer's disease, but only not for a long time. Is it still possible to stop it from progressing? how to do it? He is still ok, recognizing everybody just not remember many things.

A. There are several drugs (including choline esterase inhibitors etc.) using to slow down mild-moderate Alzheimer’s disease, although these medications can't totally prevent the progression of the disease. Vitamin E is also generally recommended to Alzheimer disease patients. However, these drugs must be prescribed by a doctor so consulting one may be wise.

You may read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/alzheimersdisease.html

Q. how do you know if you have early onset of alzheimers? i'm 47. i do have extreme tremors at times and memory l i was told this could be what i have by a psychiatrist. What else can cause me to have these symptoms at my age and how do i know?

A. any time ;)

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