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Alzheimer's Disease Treatment

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Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly, and is the loss of intellectual and social abilities severe enough to interfere with daily functioning. Dementia occurs in people with Alzheimer's disease because healthy brain tissue degenerates, causing a steady decline in memory and mental abilities.
Although there's no cure for Alzheimer's disease, researchers have made progress. Alzheimer's Disease Treatments are available that improve the quality of life for some people with Alzheimer's Disease. Also, more drugs are being studied, and scientists have discovered several genes associated with Alzheimer's disease, which may lead to new treatments to block progression of this debilitating disease.
Alzheimer's disease - a progressive, degenerative brain disease - causes more than simple forgetfulness. It may start with slight memory loss and confusion, but it eventually leads to irreversible mental impairment that destroys a person's ability to remember, reason, learn and imagine.
  • Increasing and persistent forgetfulness.
  • Difficulties with abstract thinking.
  • Difficulty finding the right word.
  • Disorientation.
  • Loss of judgment.
  • Difficulty performing familiar tasks.
  • Personality changes.
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    Alzheimer's disease's course varies from person to person. Eight years is the average length of time from diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease to death. Survival begins to decline three years after diagnosis, but some people live more than a decade with the disease
    Alzheimer's disease causes -
    Alzheimer's is a complex disease likely caused by a combination of factors - such as infection or reduced circulation - and genetic susceptibility. Although all the contributing factors may never be known, scientists have identified several common threads. They include:
  • Age
  • Heredity
  • Sex
  • Lifestyle
  • Education Level
  • Toxicity
  • Head injury
    Nutrition is an integral part of Alzheimer's disease treatment. While no special diet is required for people with Alzheimer's disease, eating a well-balanced, nutritious diet is extremely beneficial. With the proper diet, your body will work more efficiently, you'll have more energy, and your medications will work properly.
  • Maintain your weight through a proper balance of exercise and food.
  • Choose foods low in saturated fat and cholesterol
  • Try to limit sugars
  • Moderate your use of salt
  • Drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day.
  • You may drink alcoholic beverages in moderation (consult your physician).
  • Eat smaller meals more frequently. Eating five to six times a day may be more easily tolerated than eating the same amount of food in three meals.
  • Take a daily vitamin/mineral supplement.
  • Liquid diet supplements may be helpful.
  • Minimize distractions in the area where you eat.
  • Stay focused on the tasks of eating and drinking.
  • Do not talk with food in your mouth.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Cut your food into small pieces and chew it thoroughly.
  • Do not try to eat more than 1/2 teaspoon of your food at a time.
    For further customization of your diet and to alleviate Alzheimer's disease symptoms please contact our dietitians who will assist you based on your specific health needs and cultural preferences. Contact NutritionVista dietitians
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