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What is the prevalence of Alzheimer`s disease?

A: I have found that the alzheimer`s disease prevalence to be about 10% of people over 65, and about 50% of people over 85 can expect to have it. Currently, about 5 million Americans suffer from the disease.. According to the Alzheimer`s Association, as Americans continue to live longer, Alzheimer’s disease is expected to increase from the current 5.3 million Americans to as many as 16 million by 2050.. ...


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Violant stage of Alzheimer's disease

A: Cathy, I would ask if there was another social worker to look at your case.  While they can"t change his records, they can certainly make it known that he is now on the proper medications and is not acting out.   Are there any units there that are Alzheimer"s units?  They should be better prepared to care for your dad.  I know he is not the first demented patient to act out so someone there must have the ability and the compassion to care for him!   I hope you can find one soon.  I worry about your health!!  Paula...
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What is the outlook for people with Alzheimer''s disease?

A: Alzheimer''s disease gets worse over time, and the course of the disease varies from person to person. As the dementia gradually worsens, the older person with Alzheimer''s disease will die of complications resulting from infections, poor nutrition or other medical diseases....
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How is Alzheimer''s disease treated?

A: There is no cure for Alzheimer''s disease today, and no way to reverse the deterioration it causes. Two kinds of medications are now available to treat the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer''s disease. In the early stage of the disease doctors may prescribe drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors (Aricept, Cognex, Exelon, and Razadyne), which can delay the worsening of symptoms for several months in about half of the people. In patients with moderate to severe forms of the disease doctors may prescribe Namenda, a drug that regulates levels of glutamate in the brain, and which may delay the worsening of symptoms in some people. Other medications can help manage symptoms such as depression,...
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Alzheimer"s disease

A: I"d start by calling the local chapter of the Alzheimer"s Association http://alzheimers.about.com/od/chapters/a/chapter_sanfern.htm and find out what"s available where you live, and then decide what you might find helpful. When my mother in law was in assisted living, there was a support group for families run out of the facility that had monthly meetings. We did find them helpful because they brought in speakers on various subjects, so we learned a lot, as well as having the chance to discuss issues with people who were in the same shoes as us. You might want to call the directors of any residential facilities in the area to see if they know of any support groups. You"ll have to find out what"s available, and maybe try a few things out to see what you find helpful. Here is an...


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What can be done about Alzheimer''s disease?

A: At this point in time Alzheimer''s disease cannot be cured but it can be effectively treated. Current symptomatic treatment targets the cognitive and the behavioral changes brought about by this disease. Five drugs are currently available for cognitive impairment: tacrine (Cognex), donepezil (Aricept), rivastigmine (Exelon), galantamine (Reminyl), and memantine (Namenda). The first four medications increase the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which is deficient in patients with Alzheimer''s disease. Side effects are not uncommon. Cognex is rarely prescribed now because of its relative toxicity. Namenda acts on a different chemical system and is commonly used together with one of the other medications. Of equal or...
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End Stage Alzheimer"s disease

A: Dear Barbara,  I am not sure what is going on with her either.  She may have a viral infection which isn"t showing up anywhere.  I doubt very much that she is in pain.   What do I think?  I truly believe that somewhere these patients "know"  what is going on and make a decision that they have had enough.  While you have made all of your decisions not to prolong her life, which I totally support, I would also suggest to leave her alone.  Make sure she is comfortable in her bed.  Watch her facial expressions, sounds she makes etc.  this will tell you if she is in pain.  But luckily for AD patients the brain as it "rots" with the disease, rots the pain center too.   If you think she is in pain ask her...


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Alzheimer"s disease/losing weight rapidly

A: Hi Nancy, the care facility should be concerned. She"s lost 15% of her body weight over that two year period. It IS common for people with Alzheimer"s to lose weight as the illness progresses. This is from a variety of things - they lose their sense of smell, and thus a lot of their sense of taste, and food can become unappealing. Their fine coordination starts to go, making it difficult to use utensils and feed themselves. They start to lose the muscular coordination necessary to chew and swallow - this often requires food to be made available in forms they can handle (i.e. soft foods, liquids that are thickened). They can start to lose any understanding of what feelings of hunger or thirst mean - or what food is for - or forget they have eaten or need to eat. They can become very...


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Parkinson"s and alzheimer"s disease cure?

A: Hello Shehee, Thank you for writing.  I will answer your questions numerically to correspond: 1. No, there is no known cure at this time 2. Parkinson"s and Alzheimer"s disease are Types of Dementia diseases.  They affect the brain either through deterioration of brain matter or "breaking" of brain synapses and a variety of brain chemical imbalances.  Various medications can slow the process of the brain damage by both these diseases, but will not cure it.   Happiness? good question....if you can relate the effects of happiness to an upsurge of a particular brain chemical...say serontonin (?) then perhaps you may have an excellent research opportunity. 3. That is a very good...


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Is losing your sense of smell a symptom of Alzheimer''s disease?

A: Sense of smell may by decreased by Alzheimer''s disease but the changes cannot be used for diagnosis of Alzheimer''s disease. However, complete loss of sense of smell may be due to other conditions and should be evaluated by a neurologist....


 
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