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Alzheimer's Disease

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by Carson-DeWitt R

(Alzheimer's Dementia)



Areas of the Brain Affected by Alzheimer's Disease
Copyright © Nucleus Medical Media, Inc.

Risk Factors

Factors that may increase your chance of Alzheimer's disease include:
Researchers are studying the following to see if they are related to Alzheimer's disease:
  • Poor nutrition and vitamin deficiency in childhood
  • Excess metal in the blood, especially zinc, copper, aluminum, and iron
  • Certain viral infections
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol


There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease. There are no certain ways to slow its progression. Four medicines are available to treat some of the symptoms. Other drugs are being studied. The goal is to find a medicine that can manage the symptoms or slow the condition's course.

Lifestyle Management

Managing the disease includes:
  • Creating an environment in which you can receive the care you need
  • Keeping your quality of life as high as possible
  • Keeping yourself safe
  • Helping yourself learn to deal with the frustration of your uncontrollable behavior
  • Providing a calm, quiet, predictable environment
  • Providing appropriate eyewear and hearing aids, and easy-to-read clocks and calendars
  • Playing quiet music
  • Doing light, appropriate exercise to reduce agitation and relieve depression
  • Encouraging family and close friends to visit frequently

Psychiatric Medication

Psychiatric symptoms may occur with Alzheimer’s disease. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to treat:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion, paranoia, and hallucinations

Caregiver Support

Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease is extremely difficult and exhausting. The primary caregiver needs emotional support, rest, and regular breaks.The Alzheimer’s Association is an excellent resource for families and caregivers
If you are diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, follow your doctor's instructions.


There are no guidelines for preventing Alzheimer's disease because the exact cause is unknown. However, the following factors may help you reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease:
  • Eat a healthy diet that includes fish.
  • Drink alcohol, but in moderation. This means no more than two drinks per day for a man, and one drink per day for a woman.
  • Exercise regularly .
  • Engage in mentally stimulating activities.


Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center



Alzheimer Society

Health Canada



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