World Alzheimer’s month: Alzheimer’s disease signs, poor sleep, silent seizures

By: Bel Marra Health | Alzheimers | Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 05:00 AM

World Alzheimer’s monthSeptember marks the 6th annual World Alzheimer’s Day and aims help spread information about this debilitating and often insidious condition, commonly affecting our elders. It is estimated that two out of three people globally do not have an understanding of which Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is. To help do our part, we at Bel Marra have compiled a list of articles on the topic. You will find information on Alzheimer’s disease signs, how dementia is related to poor sleep, and how silent seizures may be causing the symptom of confusion in Alzheimer’s patients.

Potential early sign of Alzheimer’s disease discovered

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurogenerative condition that results in dementia and a loss of cognitive ability. These symptoms develop slowly over the years, making it quite difficult to recognize early on. It is this lack of early recognition that limits treatment options, resulting in poorer outcomes.

However, a team of researchers now believe that they have found an identifiable sign that may help with the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Continue reading…

Poor sleep associated with Alzheimer’s diseasePoor sleep associated with Alzheimer’s disease: Study

We all have difficulty falling asleep from time to time. Restless nights spent tossing and turning can ruin anyone’s day. For some of us, this is infrequent. However, there are some people who constantly struggle to get to sleep, and according to new research, these sleep problems may increase Alzheimer’s risk.

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It is not a part of normal aging, however, the greatest risk factor for its development is increasing age. The majority of those affected by the condition are 65 and older. The cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not well understood but is believed to be due to a combination of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors. Continue reading…

MIND diet reduces Alzheimer’s diseaseMIND diet reduces Alzheimer’s disease risk by 53 percent

The MIND diet stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay and has been shown to improve brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. As we age, the threat of developing Alzheimer’s increases. Although the cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown, researchers are working diligently to uncover more information to combat this life-changing condition.

What we do know is that there are effective ways to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. And there is something you do every day that can make a difference: eating well. Continue reading…

Laser treatment may restore memories of Alzheimer’s patientsLaser treatment may restore memories of Alzheimer’s patients

Losing your memory to the point where you can’t remember how your children look like is something that is unfathomable to most people. However, it is a condition that affects nearly five million Americans today.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia accounting for nearly 60 to 70 percent of all cases.

Dementia is a category of brain diseases that causes long term and gradual decreases in the ability to think and remember, so much so that it affects a person’s day to day functioning. It is this loss of memory that is believed to be forever gone, as Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t have a cure. Continue reading…

Confusion in Alzheimer’s disease patients linked to silent seizuresConfusion in Alzheimer’s disease patients linked to silent seizures

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia characterized by memory loss and decline in other cognitive abilities, resulting in difficulty completing everyday tasks in those affected by the condition. While some degree of memory decline and cognitive problems is common for the elderly, Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, and it’s not affecting only old people—while age is a risk factor, a younger-age onset of the condition does exist.

While the underlying process of why Alzheimer’s disease develops is not completely understood, it is thought to be the result of abnormal protein clump accumulation in the brain, called beta-amyloid plaques. New research in this field, however, suggests that symptoms such as confusion seen in these patients may be due to silent seizures. This may point to a potential new target for treating Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading…

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