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Alzheimer's Disease

09 Feb 2012
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OVERVIEW

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that causes brain cells to die. Over time, the brain shrinks and stops working efficiently causing symptoms of Alzheimer's to worsen.

People with Alzheimer’s can find themselves having difficulty remembering things, understanding and communicating with others, and reasoning.

Alzheimer's is treated with a range of techniques, including the use of memory aids, involvement in stimulating activities and increased social interaction.

Causes

The following factors may play a part in causing Alzheimer's:

  • Genetic factors
  • Being over the age of 65
  • Having Down syndrome
  • Suffering a severe head injury or having whiplash
  • Aluminium

 

Symptoms
  • Change in mood
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty with processing new information
  • Difficulty learning new things
  • Difficulties with communication
  • Confusion

 

Treatment

Treatment for Alzheimer's disease may include:

  • Medication
  • Keeping a diary of things to remember
  • Cognitive stimulation programmes

 

If you have any of the above symptoms, contact your general practitioner.

 

VIDEOS

 


Video: What is Alzheimer's Disease?

 

 

Video: Learn About Alzheimer's Disease

 

 

Healthination: What is Alzheimer's Disease?
Fisher Centre for Alzheimer's Research Foundation – Videos

 

RESOURCES & SUPPORT

Local

Alzheimer’s New Zealand

 

International

Alzheimer’s Association
National Institute on Aging
NHS – Alzheimer's

 

RESEARCH

British Medical Journal
Journal of the American Medical Association
The Lancet
Alzheimer Research Forum

 

FORUMS

Healingwell.com – Alzheimer's Forum
Alzheimer's Association – Message Board

 

 

DISCLAIMER
The information above is of a general nature and is designed to provide you with an overview of the topic, with links to local and international resources that may be of interest.  We do our best to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date.

You should always, however, seek specific professional medical advice, treatment and care appropriate to you, and as such we strongly recommend you consult with your general practitioner first.

 

 

Updated April 2012
Image credit: Wikipedia – Alzheimer's disease