7 Answers to Common Questions About Alzheimer's
Whether the disease is fatal, how to prevent it, and why women are more prone to dementia.
1. Alzheimer's disease is fatal?
Yes. She is now considered the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. People are very afraid of this diagnosis and often downplay or even deny their symptoms, making treatment difficult. But there are funds that help temporarily stabilize the patient's condition, prolonging an active life.
2. Is it possible to prevent its occurrence?
There is no definite answer yet. However, it has been proven that a healthy lifestyle helps the brain stay in good condition with age. Try to eat right, eat more leafy vegetables and less saturated fat, be socially active, play sports, get enough sleep.
3. I constantly forget the keys. Am I sick?
To start worrying should be when forgetfulness greatly complicates life and interferes with the performance of familiar activities. Contact your doctor if you have begun to forget important events, for example, that guests were supposed to come today, that you made an appointment, or were going to meet friends. This does not necessarily mean that you have Alzheimer's disease. There may be other reasons.
4. Is it possible to check the genetic predisposition?
Yes, there are tests that detect the presence of the ApoE4 gene, which is considered a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. It occurs in approximately 20% of the population, but not all of them fall ill. Doctors believe that it makes no sense to take such a test, it still will not give an exact answer. In addition, many, learning about the presence of such a gene, perform tasks worse for memory.
5. In my family, many have Alzheimer's disease. Will I get sick?
Optional, although this is a risk factor. If your first-line relatives are sick (parents, brothers, and sisters), your risk of getting sick is twice as high as that of the rest of the population. But still, the main risk factor — this is age.
According to the Alzheimer's Association, the likelihood of developing the disease doubles approximately every five years after 65. And after 85, the risk rises to 50%.
6. Why are women more susceptible to this disease??
Two-thirds of Alzheimer's patients — women. For a long time, it was believed that the main reason — longer than men, life expectancy. However, this is not the only explanation. Perhaps the ApoE gene works differently in the female body. In addition, hormonal differences also affect.
7. What do guardians need to know?
Care for each patient requires individual measures, one formula for all does not exist. It is especially important for guardians to work with a social worker or specialist in the care of elderly patients.
In addition, guardians need to understand the importance and difficulty of their task. 40% guardians themselves suffer from depression, so they need support. If you find yourself in this situation, do not forget to take care of yourself.