Alzheimer's Disease

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My own experience with Alzheimer is limited to my ex's grandmother and my husbands grandmother, as well as working as a cook in a facility which is the home of some elderly suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. I also believe that my own grandmother had Alzheimers, but they said it was just normal dementia. Alzheimer's Disease is awful for everyone involved. The inflicted get to a point where they don't recognize their own children and even can get rightout mean. There is little you can do to prevent it and there is no known cure as of yet, but the few things you can do are definitely worth it to me. I have given up cooking with aluminum (including wrapping the potatoes) a long time ago. Changes like that aren't very hard and might make all the difference.

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Alzheimer is a disease associated with the breakdown of nervous tissue in the brain, giving rise to a dementia in the patient. This seems to be one of the most common conditions of older people in the Western world.

Age is the most important known risk factor for Alzheimer's Disease. The number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years beyond age 65. Family history is another risk factor.

At first, the only symptom may be mild forgetfulness. In this stage, people may have trouble remembering recent events, activities, or the names of familiar people or things. They may not be able to solve simple math problems. Later on in stage two, people may forget how to brush their teeth, or comb their hair. They can non longer think clearly and begin having problems speaking, understanding, reading, and writing. Alzheimer's Disease then progresses to where the patient may become anxious and aggressive. They may wonder off from home and need care around the clock.

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Things that may help prevent Alzheimer's Disease:

Avoid all potential sources of aluminum including cookware, antacids, buffered aspirin, douches, or diarrhea medicines.

The following decrease your chance of Alzheimer's Disease:
Vitamin C : 1,000 mg. Daily Vitamin E: 400 I.U. daily Beta Carotene: 10,000 I.U. Daily Selenium: 50 mcg. daily

Alzheimer's Foundation

Alzheimer's Disease International

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Education and Referral Service

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