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.
The following factors may play a part in causing Alzheimer's:
Being over the age of 65
Down syndrome Suffering a severe head injury or having whiplash
Change in mood
Difficulty with processing new information
Difficulty learning new things
Difficulties with communication
Treatment for Alzheimer's disease may include:
Keeping a diary of things to remember
Cognitive stimulation programmes
If you have any of the above symptoms, contact your
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RESOURCES & SUPPORT
Alzheimer’s New Zealand
Alzheimer’s Association National Institute on Aging NHS – Alzheimer's
British Medical Journal Journal of the American Medical Association The Lancet Alzheimer Research Forum
Healingwell.com – Alzheimer's Forum Alzheimer's Association – Message Board
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Updated April 2012
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