Dementia and Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease – the final stage of memory decline.
Any person who has had to care for a person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia understands the devastating consequences when a loved one “loses” his or her mind.
When an Alzheimer’s patient no longer recognizes their spouse, their children, or anyone else and must be cared for in all aspects of their daily life, the caregiver – if there is one – also suffers. The financial burden alone can be unforgiving but the loss of all communication and sharing with a loved one haunts those who are left with not only a sense of extreme loss but of helplessness.
Losing your memory or developing brain fog in your 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, or even 80s is NOT normal. It is a sign of trouble.
Some facts about Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
- It is expected to triple in the next 25 years.
- There is no cure on the horizon.
- Alzheimer’s disease starts in the brain decades before there are ANY symptoms.
- AD affects 50% over the age 85.
- Treatment works early, not late
- 95% not diagnosed until late
- Brain testing can identify early symptoms of dementia and AD
- Early detection and prevention are the keys to brain health
- AD, like heart disease, is considered a “Preventable Disease”
- Reversing brain damage is an exciting new frontier – be Proactive
Research shows that Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia actually start in the brain decades before you have any symptoms. Other research shows that lower memory and thinking scores on cognitive tests obtained up to 18 years earlier can indicate possible Alzheimer’s disease later in life.
Early detection and prevention is the key to maintaining a healthy brain. There is no cure once the disease has progressed past a critical point of brain deterioration.Testing is recommended at age 40 or earlier if a person has symptoms, family history or genetic markers. Memory loss at any age should be tested.
Early Alzheimer’ disease is becoming more common so early detection is essential to preserving your brain.
The Good News: Brains can be made healthier with proper care at any age (with the exception of some advanced conditions like Alzheimer’s disease). Testing will show the following:
- Brain speed and voltage (power) for signs of cognitive decline, aging, dementia, depressive disorders, trauma and vascular issues.
- Age-related status comparison. Slow speeds and slow reaction times are signs of a slowing brain.
- Measures attention, visual screening ability and processing speed, an overall measurement of cognitive health.
View of an Alzheimer’s brain with a SPECT SCAN from Dr. Amen.
Risk factors for Alzheimer’s Disease:
- You have a family member with it.
- You have a personal history of head injury, strokes, diabetes, ADD or depression.
- You exercise less than twice a week.
- You do not engage in regular learning.
- Genetic risks – Apo E4 gene
- Alcohol abuse
- Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome
- CV disease, including high BP, lipid problems
- Low hormone levels including testosterone and estrogen
- Sleep apnea
- Cancer treatment
- High homocysteine levels
- Getting hair or nails done too often
- Poor Diet
- Environmental Toxins
Keys to a healthy brain:
- Physical Activity
- Clean environment
- Physical health
- Healthy weight
- Stress management
- Supplements, such as Multivitamin, O3s, Vit D, brain nutrients
- Knowing the health of your brain
- Mental workout
Other important information.
Memory loss at any age
Millions of Americans face cognition problems as early as in their 30’s. Memory loss at any age should be a cause for concern just as any head trauma should be a cause for concern. Both should be tested to look at brain health including speed, voltage and reaction time as well as the speed of processing and attention.
There can be many causes of memory loss or other forms of cognitive decline. Some include stress, depression, hypothyroidism, loss of estrogen, low testosterone, excess body fat, medications, infections, sleep apnea and medications. These can be treated and even reversed.
A healthy eating program, daily aerobic exercise, and brain nutrients can sometimes slow the progression of cognitive diseases like vascular dementia or even Alzheimer’s. Also, controlling blood sugar levels and staying mentally active is important for brain health.
- Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
- A recent international survey identified Alzheimer’s as the second most feared disease, behind cancer.
- A person with Alzheimer’s disease may live anywhere from two to 20 years after diagnosis. Those years are spent in an increasingly dependent state that exacts a staggering emotional, physical, and economic toll on families.
- For the person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at age 59, he or she likely started to have trouble in the brain by the age of 30. The person diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in his early 70s, likely already had brain changes in his 40s.
- Losing your memory or developing brain fog in your 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, or even 80s is NOT normal. It is a sign of trouble.