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Alzheimer’s Disease is an illness that currently affects 1 in 11 seniors in Canada.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a degenerative disease that causes brain lesions. Memory loss is the most recognized symptom. At this time, there is no cure for AD. However, progress currently being made in research is helping to enhance the quality of life of those affected.
Over time, the patient’s brain cells shrink or disappear and are replaced by dense, irregularly shaped spots called plaques. These plaques gradually affect the various areas of the brain, impairing memory, imagination, language, reasoning and judgment. AD affects each patient differently. However, the progression of the disease can be divided into three distinct stages:
Here are a few of the main risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease:
Those 65 and over are more likely to suffer from AD. Moreover, since women live longer than men, they are more likely to be affected by AD.
Despite what we may hear, only 5 to 10 percent of cases are due to heredity.
Those who have had a head injury appear to be more at risk of developing AD.
At the moment, there are no treatments that can cure Alzheimer’s. While useful, prescription medications for AD only address symptoms and simply delay the deterioration of abilities and behaviour among certain patients.
Although science has not yet discovered the key to treating AD, it has nevertheless identified certain factors that can prevent or delay its onset. For example, you should:
Alzheimer’s disease is difficult for both sufferers and the loved ones who care for them. Sound, practical advice, along with adequate support, can help them face this experience with greater serenity.
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