What Is Alzheimer's?

Tuesday, 07 Jun 2011 09:01 AM

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Around the globe, Alzheimer’s disease is among the most common brain illnesses. It is a form of dementia that affects memory, cognitive thinking, and behavior. Medical experts have concluded that Alzheimer’s is directly correlated to old age. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s develop slowly and may go unnoticed or untreated.

What is Alzheimer’s?
In the brain, signals are transmitted through nerve cells. Healthy nerve cells equate healthy and active brain function. When nerve cells begin to die, the transmission of signals through those cells is affected. This causes diminished brain activity, which impairs work and daily life. This condition is called Alzheimer’s Disease.

According to the latest medical research, Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. As it has been mentioned, the major cause of this is attributed to old age. However, it is important to note that Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. Some researchers have found a link between senile dementia and the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s progresses in stages. In its early stages, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s include mild memory loss, confusion with time or place, poor judgment, and mood swings. Treatment for these symptoms is available, but there is no cure for this disease. Current treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, but they can retard its progression and ease the discomfort of affected individuals.

For more information on Alzheimer's, see below:

Alzheimer's: Top 5 Symptoms

Alzheimer's: How Your Diet Plays a Role


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