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Why are we working so hard and spending so much money trying to cure Alzheimer's disease?

A: Because the elderly are the largest market for the pharmaceutical industry. Why not? I had a good answer, but my computer is so slow that by the time the answer sqaure opened up-I forgot what it was. I guess it`s because it affects more old people than we ever thought. Since life expectancy has gone up, many of us are likely to have it. Of course, AIDS is a very serious problem because most people are likely to die until they find a medication to cure it. Cancer is another serious disease. Unfortunately, there are not enough funds for every illness, or they are poorly administered. Aids should be cured in everyone, not just babies. And obviously you''ve never seen anyone you love disintegrate into Alzheimer''s. It''s a terrible disease. And...


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Can you die of Alzheimer's disease?

A: Not likely. Its a memory loss illness, and they suspect it is related to clogged arteries, but more in the brain than the heart. Yes I heard you can. Alzheimer''s disease is a terminal disease, that starts with memory loss, and eventually due to the brains shrinkage, the sufferer dies. Yes! My mother was diagnosed with the "early stage" in the summer of 2005 and she passed away Oct. 2006. Your brain will shut down your body systems and functions and it doesn''t take that long in all cases. It doesn''t usually directly kill you. You forget how to eat and breathe and if no one hooks you up to machines, you die from that. my grandma died from it and she had it for years. so yeah, u can. While working in a nursing home, some years...


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Can Alzheimer's disease kill?

A: Yes of course, it causes complications with the rest of your body. Its like Regan who got Pneumonia as a result of a complication of Alzheimer''s disease. no but some patients don wana live because of the disease Yes. It is a progressive disease that ends up with muscle contractures and brain dysfunction. It kills every time. Although it takes years to do it. The end stage is bed ridden. The patient is unable to communicate or move. It is a sad heart wrenching disease for both patient and family. There are new medications that show promise in slowing or hopefully stopping the progression. Yes. As I understand it, AD isn''t directly fatal. But as the brain deteriorates, the person forgets how...


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Alzheimer's disease is transfarable?

A: maybe through family Do you mean can you catch it from somebody? NO. But dealing with someone who has it can make you feel crazy. if u mean contagious.. no its not and its not genetically transfered either... it happens through time.. you can prevent it by keeping your mind active..thinking..learning new things everyday ex: crooswords, reading, math etc... Although not contagious, Alzheimer''s disease has been shown to highly heritable. In fact it is has one of the highest correlations between phenotype expression and genetic variant (approx 40%). Specifically the APOE gene on chromosone 19, deals with cholestoral transport, has been implicated in contributing to the development of Alzheimers. If you inhereit one bad allele (e4 allele) you are 4x more likely to...


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Early Onset Alzheimer"s disease

A: Hi Miranda, Sorry for the delay in answering your question.  The life expectancy of someone with Alzheimer"s can be anywhere from 3-20 years, people with early onset Alzheimer"s (age 65 or younger) typically advance much faster than normal.   If I were you, I would try to get your father in to see a doctor - perhaps a behavioral neurologist, a geriatrician, or another doctor specializing in memory impairments.  The drugs and alcohol may have contributed to his dementia and, if that"s the case, then they"ll be treated differently that Alzheimer"s.  It"s important for you to get an accurate work up so you"ll know what you"re dealing with. Mary...


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Why there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease?

A: cause they can''t find it No Because it hasn''t been discovered yet... the people who have the desease figure out the cure, but before they can tell regular ppl, they forget it. LOL. ignorance. we don''t know everything yet. when we thoroughly understand Alzheimer''s we''ll be able to begin working on a cure, although sometimes we get lucky and find cures "by accident" -- that is, we find a cure without fully understanding the disease and how the cure works. Because they keep forgetting it?? Sorry, I just had to do that, please, no offense, I know it is a terrible disease and I wish they could find a cure, they are making good discoveries in research, though. Okay, now that I read your additional details, I feel really bad. Please...


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sleeping in late stages of Alzheimer"s disease

A: Hi Cindy - Sorry for the delay in answering, I was out of town over night. To answer your question ... in a nutshell, yes, in the late stages of Alzheimer"s a person does sleep more in the daytime hours.  But there are a variety of reasons for this.  A simple one would be the progression of the disease.  Certain medications may cause drowsiness.  A person with late stage Alzheimer"s loses the ability to initiate things to do - therefore, for lack of knowing what else to do, they just sleep.  (This is where a good adult day program comes in handy!)  And, finally, a marked increase in tiredness could indicate a urinary tract infection. I hope I helped some - please don"t hesitate to contact me again if I can help further! Mary...


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Diagnosis of Alzheimer"s disease

A: Dear Bernadette,  I am sorry for the loss of your dad.  I am sure it was a great shock.   As for your mom,  a geriatric physician would be able to diagnose her, but make sure that they do a thorough exam.  Did she have a full battery of neuropsychological tests done?  Did they do blood work to rule out other causes?  Did she have a scan of her head?  If not then I would suggest you call the Alzheimer"s ASsoc in your area and ask them for a referral to someone who specializes in AD.   If your mother is depressed that could be causing her to be "demented".  An antidepressant would answer that question.  If she isn"t on one then I would ask her doctor why not?  If her dementia seems to be worse now after losing your father it...


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Alzheimer"s disease clients bathroom habits

A: Hi Amy, I think you are attributing motives to this poor lady that are more complex than she is capable of. People who are in Stage 6 (when continence issues really start up) can"t really reason through this kind of thing to the point where they have a conscious understanding of what they are doing or why. There are a number of dysfunctional behaviors that are often seen in people in mid to later Alzheimer"s, such as hoarding, hiding things, flushing things down the toilet, smearing of feces and other inappropriate bathroom habits, eating inedible things etc. What you are seeing is just an example. My guess is she"s at Stage 6c, where they really start to have trouble with the mechanics of using the toilet - doubtless she is also having issues with dressing and bathing properly as well....


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Alzheimer"s disease

A: Here they are, hope this helps. Mary G. Stages of Alzheimers In 1982 Dr. Barry Reisberg published what was to become the best and most widely accepted description of the stages of Alzheimer"s disease. Even today, years later, when experts referto a person being in stage 5 or stage 6, they are referring to Dr. Reisberg"s scale of seven stages. Adapted from Reisberg, B., Ferris, S.H., Leon, J.J. & Crook, T. The global deterioration scale for the assessment of primary degenerative dementia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 1982 Level 1 No cognitive decline - (or Normal Adult). No subjective complaints of memory deficit. No memory deficit evident on clinical interviews. Level 2 Very mild cognitive decline (forgetfulness or normal older adult)....


 
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