Health and wellness tips for your work, home, and life— brought to you by the insurance and healthcare specialists at [B_Officialname]. Alzheimer’s Disease Alzheimer’s disease is often Being of African-American or Stay socially active. Latino descent Avoid tobacco and excessive difficult to distinguish because the alcohol. early signs of it closely resemble Symptoms Exercise. Typically, the first indication of Stimulate the brain every so the natural signs of aging. Alzheimer’s is memory loss often, such as with logic or serious enough that it affects the word puzzles. What is Alzheimer’s Disease? ability to function. Other Alzheimer’s is a disease of the symptoms include: Support brain that gradually destroys the Confusion Alzheimer’s disease is devastating ability to remember, reason, Getting lost/being disoriented for both the patient and his or her imagine, and learn. This gets Personality changes loved ones. It can be especially worse over time. Losing things difficult for the primary caretaker, There are 100 billion nerve cells Trouble with language so it is important to have a in the brain. Each of these cells Poor judgment network of family and friends to joins with others to form lend a hand. “communication networks.” Diagnosis and Treatment Alzheimer’s disease prevents The first step is to take the some of these cells from person you are concerned about operating correctly, although to a physician. There is no specific scientists are unsure why. As the type of doctor for this disease, damage spreads, the cells cannot but in some cases you may be function and eventually die. referred to a specialist such as a neurologist or psychologist. Your During normal aging, most local Alzheimer’s Association people’s brains develop what are chapter can assist locating the known as plaques (deposits of a proper physician. protein fragment) and tangles (fibers of another protein.) It has At the doctor’s office, the patient been discovered during autopsy will undergo a physical exam, that people suffering from diagnostic testing and a Alzheimer’s have a lot more neurological exam. If diagnosed plaques and tangles than others. with Alzheimer’s, the patient will Scientists believe that these may likely be prescribed a play a role in blocking nerve cell cholinesterase inhibitor and/or communication. memantine. Taking vitamin E may also be recommended. Risk Factors Just like any other disease, there Prevention are certain traits or behaviors Research has uncovered that by that make some people more keeping the brain healthy, it may likely than others to get be possible to avoid Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease. Some risk Living an overall healthy lifestyle factors are: is a critical factor: Increasing age Eat a healthy diet. Family history and genetics This brochure is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. For further information, please consult a medical professional. Content © 2007-2008 Zywave, Inc.