Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
A progressive degenerative disease of the brain, which may lead to Dementia. On a cellular level, Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by unusual helical protein filaments in nerve cells (Neurons) of the brain. These odd twisted filaments are called Neuromuscular Tangles. On a functional level, there is a degeneration of the cortical regions, especially the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. Alzheimer’s disease is common, according to The Alzheimer’s Association; about 5 million Americans suffer from it.
Signs and Symptoms of Mild to Moderate Alzheimer’s
- Name-finding problems noticeable to family or friends
- Losing or misplacing things
- Decline in ability to organize and plan
- Decreased knowledge in recent events
- Reduced personal memory
- Individual may be withdrawn, especially in mentally challenging situations
- Lose ability to follow written instruction
- Confuse identity of other people
- Lack awareness of days of the week or season
- Restlessness and repetitive movement
- Problems with communication
- Paranoia associated with stealing or infidelity
*All Alzheimer’s studies require caretaker consent.
1. Are you 50 years or older?
2. Are you diagnosed with probable Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia?
3. Are you physically healthy, with no history of stroke or cancer within the past 5 years?
4. Are you willing and able to take an MRI?
5. Do you have trouble remembering important dates, such as birthdays, anniversaries, etc?
6. Do you find your belongings in strange places, such as keys in the refrigerator?
7. Do you have difficulty re-tracing your steps?
8. Have you had changes in your mood or personality?
9. Have you lost track of dates, seasons, passing of time?
10. Do you have difficulty making decisions, or asking others to help make decisions for you?
If you answered “yes” to 3 or more questions, you may qualify to participate in a clinical research study for Alzheimer’s disease. Call toll-free for an evaluation! 1-877-411-1616
What is the difference between normal age-related memory loss and dementia, associated with Alzheimer’s disease?
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