expect when you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease
you’ve come to this page to seek information regarding Alzheimer’s disease,
you’ve come to the right place.
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease of the brain that
generally affects people age 65 and over. It affects brain cells that are responsible
for memory functions. Alzheimer’s disease impairs short-term memory. The
beginning stage affects short-term memory, and progresses by impairing
intermediate and long-term memory. In the advanced stage, an individual can
have trouble remembering who they are, the details of their birth and close
individuals such as their spouse and children.
people get older, they have difficulty with their memory, such as where they
placed their keys. That is not Alzheimer’s disease; that is merely the effects
of aging. Memory loss can be considered a disease when it affects your major
daily functions, like work, how to cook, how to drive etc.
does it take for one to develop Alzheimer’s disease?
varies from person to person, but on average it can take five to ten years to
go from the early stage to the advanced stage of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s a
progressive deterioration. In the beginning it is generally diagnosed as a mild
is a difference between Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s dementia. The term
“dementia” denotes when people lose their memory due to malfunctioning brain
cells. Dementia is a psychiatric condition where people can no longer function due
to memory loss. Dementia is memory impairment that leads to disturbance in your
daily functioning. People who have dementia often cannot be left alone, have
trouble recognizing people around them and can’t function on their own.
disease is a disease of the brain cells that lead to dementia. Affected brain
cells degenerate, malfunction and eventually lead to dementia. Once a person’s
brain cells have Alzheimer’s Disease, they will eventually develop dementia, hence
the name Alzheimer’s Dementia.
conditions can lead dementia, a common example being football players
repeatedly receiving trauma to the head. Other causes of dementia are Parkinson’s
disease, strokes, and pseudodementia of depression.
What can be expected?
will be a progressive deterioration of function, such as taking care of themselves,
their food, their work and paying their bills. They’ll make mistakes, and without
treatment, the condition progressively worsens over time.
can you give to the person who has been diagnosed?
is some hope that new medications will come. The disease won’t change
overnight. Advise the individual to use their capacity to focus on happy things
and remember things from the past. Discuss with your loved ones what will
happen and future plans.
can be given to the caregiver?
as much as you can about the disease. There are wonderful resources online and
many supporting organizations. Talk with the patient’s doctor often and ask
necessary questions for the future. Secondly, learn about caregiver burnout.
Because taking care of such a patient with Alzheimer’s Dementia is a 24- hour
job, you can easily experience a burn out. Join support groups, look into
respite care, where two or so days out of the week the caregiver can get a
break from the tiring job. Caregivers may need to see a doctor regularly to
avoid developing depression.
Is there a
silver lining for the Alzheimer’s community?
are only four medications for Alzheimer’s disease and they aren’t as effective
as doctors would hope. They are Aricept, Exelon, Razadyne and Namenda. There is
a hope that new medications will come soon.
the last 15 years, there have been no new medications that have been approved
for Alzheimer’s Dementia. There are studies that look at neurotransmitters in
the brain and monoclonal antibodies. At Medical Research Group of Central
Florida, we are helping in the development of new medication to address the memory
disfunction of patients with Alzheimer’s Dementia. We are looking at assessing
the secondary conditions in Alzheimer’s disease, known as agitation. We are
also doing a study for mild to moderate dementia, to minimize memory loss.
Clinical trials can be of great benefit to those who's medications aren't working properly, or are looking at different potential treatment options. We are doing everything we can to help those dealing with Alzheimer's Disease, and clinical trials are one of the ways that we seek to benefit the Alzheimer's community. If
you feel like you or a loved one would benefit from one of our clinical trials and
would like to know more, call or click today!