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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Alzheimer's Disease What is an Alzheimer's Disease? Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related, non-reversible brain disorder that develops over a period of years. Initially, people experience memory loss and confusion, which may be mistaken for the kinds of memory changes that are sometimes associated with normal aging. However, the symptoms of AD gradually lead to behavior and personality changes, a decline in cognitive abilities such as decision-making and language skills, and problems recognizing family and friends. FACTS Alzheimer's disease affects women more frequently than men. Fewer than 1% of people withAlzheimer's disease inherited the condition. Some studies have shown a link between Alzheimer's disease and a significant head injury. Research also suggests that high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure -- factorslinked to heart disease and stroke may also increase the risk for developing Alzheimer's. Though Alzheimer's disease cannot at present be cured, reversed, or stopped in its progression, much can be done to help both the patient and the family live through the course of the illness with greater dignity and less discomfort. Toward this goal, appropriate clinical interventions and community services should be vigorously sought. MYTHS Myth 1: Its just a normal part of aging Alzheimers disease is a degenerative brain disease involving physical changes to the brain like the development of amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles and nerve cells losing contact with each other or dying. Myth 2: Memory loss means Alzheimers disease Occasional forgetfulness doesnt mean disease.Alzheimers disease involves more frequent forgetting and not being able to recall those forgotten details later on. Difficulty performing familiar tasks, problems with communication, disorientation, poor judgment and problems with abstract thinking are also hallmarks of the disease. Myth 3: All people who have Alzheimers disease become violent and aggressive While Alzheimers disease can cause personality changes,experts note that not everyone becomes aggressive or violent. Other common behaviours can include wandering, restlessness, suspicion and repeating actions. Myth 6: Alzheimers disease is preventable We hear a lot of advice about keeping our brains healthy, but so far there isnt a treatment or strategy guaranteed to prevent Alzheimers disease. However, experts report more evidence shows lifestyle strategies can help reduce the risk or delay the onset of Alzheimers, such as: Eating a healthy diet including fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and nuts. Challenging your brain with puzzles, hobbies and learning. Keeping your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels in check. Avoiding brain injuries. Staying active socially. Exercising regularly. Avoiding vices like smoking, drugs and alcohol.These strategies are also beneficial for cardiovascular health, which may play a role in the development of Alzheimers disease.
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