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									                 What Every Senior Should Know About Alzheimers

      Alzheimers is a devastating illness for which there is no known cure. It
affects the mind, causing severe memory loss over time. While this disease
progresses rapidly in some cases, in many instances the progression is slow yet
heart breakingly steady. As Alzheimers is a common disease among the elderly, it
is important to be aware of how to prevent it, what the treatment options are and
how        to     recognize      the      early      onset      of         Alzheimers

                                Preventing Memory Loss

      Researches and medical professionals are still unsure of what causes
Alzheimers and how it can be prevented.

      However, it appears that a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent and even
slow the onset of this chronic disease. As a senior you should strive to stay
physically healthy by eating healthy foods and getting regular exercise.

      Staying mentally alert is also important and a number of mental acuity
exercises have been shown to help improve mental health as we age.

         A person who wants to avoid getting Alzheimers or dementia should
consider keeping in touch with family and friends, take courses and/or classes in a
field that he or she is interested in and stay interested in life and all that it has to

         Getting enough sleep and avoiding stress is also important and helps reduce
your risk factor for the memory disease. The average senior is recommended to get
at least eight hours of sleep every night. Those who have insomnia should look for
natural cures for this condition to help prevent the disease.

         Reducing stress is also very important. While retirement and aging bring
with it unique challenges, stressing over these challenges is directly linked to
causing an increased risk for health problems.

         Avoiding head trauma is also important as brain injuries can trigger the
onset of the disease along with similar memory symptoms.

         Interestingly, research has also found that a heart condition can also increase
one’s chances of getting Alzheimer’s. While studies are inconclusive, it should be
noted that eighty percent of Alzheimer’s patients also have cardiovascular
problems. For this reason we recommend taking action to improve cardiovascular
health along with mental health.

                                 Known Causes of Alzheimers

      The root cause of Alzheimers is still unknown. However, research indicates
that risk factors for this condition can be genetic to some extent. If a person’s
parents had this condition, then the chances are fairly high that he or she will also
have this Alzheimer related memory loss.

      Age is also primary related cause; in fact, one out of every eight people over
the age of 65 will develop Alzheimer’s. The odds increase the older you get. At
present, around half of all American citizens over the age of 85 have this condition.

                                    Common Symptoms

      The Alzheimers Association has made a list of ten signs that indicate the
onset of Alzheimer’s. These signs include forgetfulness, the inability to follow a
conversation, having difficulty keeping track of times and seasons, misplacing
items in odd places, lack of desire to engage in social activities, inability to manage
finances and irritability when a routine is disrupted.

      Those who have this disease may also have visual problems and difficulties
understanding time concepts.

      However, it should be noted that many senior citizens do become more
forgetful as they get older. And I for one can attest to having become irritable from
time to time, without its being caused by Alzheimers.

      Forgetting an appointment or misplacing an item does not mean that one has
      However, if you have are experiencing two or more of the above mentioned
symptoms you should seek out medical help right away. An early diagnosis will
enable you to get the right form of treatment.

      Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, but it is not the only
form of dementia that is common among seniors. Two other forms of dementia that
are prevalent are vascular dementia and mild cognitive impairment. Vascular
dementia is similar to Alzheimers in that it renders you unable to care for yourself.

      This type of dementia is generally caused by a series of strokes.

      Mild cognitive impairment is not as severe as Alzheimer’s but it does affect
a seniors ability to reason, remember and care for oneself.

                                    Treatment Options

      Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s.

      However, there are several medications that have been approved by the FDA
for the treatment and control of Alzheimer’s symptoms.

      These medications can be obtained with a doctor’s prescription and can help
an affected individual for a limited period of time. Galantamine and Rivastigmin
can be taken by those who have mild to moderate AD symptoms. Donepezil can be
taken by anyone with Alzheimer’s, even those who have severe symptoms.
Another medication that is used by those with moderate to severe Alzheimer’s is
Memantine. One should note that these medications will naturally have side

        Anyone who experiences negative side effects from taking one or more of
these medications should seek medical help.

        As was noted above, a healthy lifestyle can help to prevent Alzheimers.

        Eating healthy foods and getting plenty of exercise can also greatly benefit a
person who has already been diagnosed with this condition.

        Research has also shown that smoking and drinking can contribute to
dementia. A person over the age of 65 will want to cut back on alcohol intake and
quit smoking, especially if he or she has already been diagnosed with some form of

                                   Caring for Alzheimers

        Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia can be
pretty scary. A person who has Alzheimer’s will want to find a caregiver as soon
as possible. One should also prepare legally by creating a power of attorney and a

       A wise individual will make plans for the future while he or she is still
mentally capable and can think through various options and alternatives.

       Getting the help of family members and friends is very important.

       Alzheimers affects not only the victim of the disease but also those who are
close to him or her. There are also various institutions and government entities that
offer support to Alzheimers victims and their families.

       These institutions can provide good practical advice for a person who has
this disease or who is caring for someone with AD.

       Alzheimers is a frightening disease, especially since the exact cause and cure
are still unknown. However, it is not something that will automatically affect every
senior citizen and a person can try to avoid this disease with a healthy lifestyle.

       Anyone who suspects that he or she may have symptoms of Alzheimers will
want to get medical help, as there are some medications that can delay various
Alzheimer’s symptoms. Getting support is also very important, as family and
friends can help a person to prepare for the future while the Alzheimer’s symptoms
are still mild.

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