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Facts About Alzheimers:

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most frequent form of dementia, although there are other forms whose symptoms frequently look like Alzheimer’s. It usually affects people 65 and older. With it, neurons die or don’t function normally. This death or abnormal function of nerve tissue results in changes to memory, behavior, and thinking.

Over the course of an average of about 4-8 years, noticeable symptoms of the disease increase and eventually interfere with a person’s ability to perform basic body functions, such as walking or standing, swallowing, and speaking.

Alzheimer’s Disease is fatal and there is no cure, although there are some promising medications that temporarily stall its progress. There are also some experimental treatments involving lifestyle and nutritional corrections that seem to help with the symptoms of dementia.

What’s the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia?

Dementia is the name of a class of diseases affecting the nervous tissue in the brain. There are several kinds of dementia:

A Deeper Look:

Why screen?

A loss of memory does not mean you have Alzheimer’s disease, but can be a symptom of other ongoing issues in your life such as stress, lack of sleep and anxiety. Getting screened is the first step in finding out if you have a memory problem related to Alzheimer’s.

Having the knowledge about what your memory issues are from helps to:

Markers of dementia

Clinical research has shown that the markers for Alzheimer’s and other dementias begin to develop in the brain as much as 20 or more years before symptoms begin to appear.

These markers can be found long before a person starts noticing memory problems such as word-finding, remembering places or how to get there, or the names of people recently introduced.

While these are not tests we perform at Cognitas Health, we can guide you to develop a personalized lifestyle program once you and your doctor have determined cause.

Other factors for memory loss

Your doctor may order medical tests like hormone, thyroid, glucose and blood tests to look for other factors causing memory loss.

In perplexing situations, you may be asked to have a lead test to see/determine if there are heavy metals in your blood; lumbar puncture for proteins in spinal fluid; toxicology screening to examine drugs in your body; or any other types of tests that will help to rule out other causes.

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