By Linda C. Lu

Alzheimer's affliction is a enormously underrecognized illness that essentially seems to be in sufferers age sixty five and older. It impacts the total family members of these stricken and has a big effect on our future health care system—the Alzheimer's organization estimates the price of treating this kind of dementia at $172 billion each year within the usa. present remedy with medicinal drugs has in basic terms restricted luck. as a result, expertise of symptoms—which are frequently incorrect for getting older or stress—and early acceptance of the affliction are the simplest how one can aid sufferers and their caregivers.

Alzheimer's Disease is written to supply a extensive evaluate of the disorder, conveying all info and ideas in easy-to-read and comprehensible language. this article is meant for top tuition and school scholars, yet is suitable for normal examining audiences as well.

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If the affected person’s memory loss and decreased thinking abilities have progressed, both physicians and family members become concerned about his driving abilities. The issue of elderly drivers has been in the media spotlight quite a bit, especially when elderly drivers are involved in tragic car accidents. If there is a question of memory impairment, then it raises even greater concern. Driving requires concentration and sound judgment. One needs to be able to react quickly and decisively to ever changing road conditions.

The initial step in diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease involves an office evaluation by a health care professional. This is where family members, or the patient himself, express their concerns to the physician. The doctor uses this opportunity to obtain a thorough history and gather all the necessary information on the events leading up to the office visit. A physical examination will follow. In addition to the physical exam, a general mental exam is also performed, which involves specific questions used to evaluate the person’s mental abilities.

Some reports have suggested a possible link to Alzheimer’s disease, but the data is mixed. With the information currently available, no conclusion can be drawn about dietary fat intake and the risks of Alzheimer’s disease. Similarly, researchers have also looked at the roles of vitamins, such as B6, B12, C, E, and folate, but more in the setting of whether higher intake of these vitamins can lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Again, the data is mixed. Hormone replacement therapy, or estrogen replacement, used to be commonly given to middle-aged women undergoing menopause.

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