Download e-book for iPad: Alzheimer's and other Dementias: Answers at your fingertips, by Harry Cayton

By Harry Cayton

ISBN-10: 1859591485

ISBN-13: 9781859591482

ISBN-10: 1859592007

ISBN-13: 9781859592007

Factors concerning the differing kinds and factors of dementia. support with the sensible problems with taking care of a person with Alzheimer's. info of the place to head for help and suggestion at the felony and fiscal implications. information on deciding upon a care domestic, what to seem for and the way to organize. solutions to questions about attainable remedies and study for the longer term.

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Genes are thought to play a part in the development of most cases of Alzheimer’s disease. In very rare cases, abnormal genes actually cause the disease (see the previous answer). Much more commonly, genes are believed only to contribute to a person’s susceptibility to the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is certainly not infectious. Even though the disease is sometimes first noticed after a period of stress or worry, it is not thought that these emotions can actually cause the disease to develop. Claims are sometimes made that dietary or hormone deficiencies may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s 24 | A LZH E I M E R’ S AN D O TH E R D E M E N TIAS disease.

Another characteristic of this type of dementia is a more step-like progression, with the person suddenly developing new or worse symptoms from time to time, rather than the steadier decline that is typical of Alzheimer’s disease. 36 | A LZH E I M E R’ S AN D O TH E R D E M E N TIAS If someone has vascular dementia, the doctor may want to prescribe aspirin or other drugs to thin the blood and try to prevent further strokes. The doctor will also want to check the heart rhythm, as sometimes an irregular heart beat can increase the risk of strokes.

A lzheimer’s disease does sometimes run in families, but this is very uncommon. Some rare cases of the disease, which tend to occur in younger people than usual, are known to be inherited and are passed on by a single gene from one generation to the next. ) In these very rare cases, the probability that close family members (brothers, sisters and children) will develop Alzheimer’s disease is one in two. The vast majority of cases of Alzheimer’s disease are not of the type that is passed on by a single gene.

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