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Transcript of Alzheimers
-Emotional behavior or personality
-Thinking and judgment
As the AD becomes worse, all of these functions deteriorate more and more to the point where it interferes with your ability to take care of yourself. People with severe AD can no longer:
-Recognize family members
-Perform daily activities such as eating, dressing, and bathing Signs & Symptoms Prevention Coping Treatment A progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brain's nerve cells resulting in loss of memory, thinking and language skills, and behavioral changes. http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/alzheimers-disease-therapy-options Cited Sources Sponsored by Trader Joe's Chocolate Cake Mix & Papa Murphy's Pizza Brought to you by the letter "A+" and the number "100%" Cleverly presented by your favorite students:
Olivia Rockwood (O. Rock), Miranda Robinson (Yung Manny), Cory Brown (Brown Bear), Emma Adams (E-Thizzle) and Gracie Starr ($tarbux). There is no proven way to prevent Alzheimer's. However there are some suggested things that could possibly help. Always consult a doctor before taking any supplements.
Consume a low-fat diet.
Eat cold-water fish (like tuna, salmon, and mackerel) rich in omega-3 fatty acids, at least 2 to 3 times per week.
Reduce your intake of linoleic acid. This is found in dairy products.
Increase antioxidants like carotenoids, vitamin E, and vitamin C by eating plenty of darkly colored fruits and vegetables.
Maintain a normal blood pressure.
Stay mentally and socially active throughout your life.
Statin drugs, a class of medications normally used for high cholesterol, may help lower your risk of AD. One of the hardest parts of dealing with Alzheimer's is readjusting to living with constant assistance. Independent people diagnosed with Alzheimer's have a difficult time accepting unwanted help, and adjusting their lives to include another person.
A person who is relatively active and mobile has to adjust to a life of less activity. Alzheimer's patients have difficulty recalling important information and basic bodily functions. Any life style is affected by Alzheimer's, and must be adapted to accordingly. If you are a person caring for a patient with Alzheimer's make sure that you set reasonable and realistic goals. Caregivers often strive for unrealistic goals and get frustrated. Understanding that any progress made by the patient is progress. Not burning yourself out will allow for a more enjoyable time with the patient. There is no cure yet for Alzheimers, but there are many things you can do to treat the illness. There are several different types of medication available to treat the symptoms of memory loss, behavior changes, and sleep problems. However, most only help to slow down the disease, and most produce serious side effects. All in all, research is at a very imperfect stage.
Once one develops a serious problem, there are several things that can be done to make the home more easily lived in. Make sure there are railings, and that all entrances and exits can be reached easily. Make sure pathways are clear. Make sure knives and other sharp objects are well out of reach.
Really, the care of a person with Alzheimers is not very different from the care of a small child. It is believed that Alzheimer's is caused by a combination of genetics, lifestyle and environmental factors. Causes are not fully known or understood. Clumps of protein or plaque can get clogged up in the brain and interfering with cell-to-cell communications. Having a close blood relative increases your chances of developing Alzheimer's later in life. Heart health and brain health are also closely related. If you have heart problems you are also at risk for developing Alzheimer's. http://alzheimers.about.com/od/whatisalzheimer1/a/causes.htm http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alzheimers-disease/DS00161/DSECTION=causes