— Homewatch Caregivers Atlanta East has posted answers to some of the common questions which are linked to Alzheimer's Disease. The information helps to distinguish fact from myth. The visibility of the disease of Alzheimer's has increased significantly over the past several years. The conditions which today are called Alzheimer's may previously have been referred to as a form of insanity. More recently, the condition has been described as senility. The definition of Alzheimer's previously was reserved for those less than 65 years of age at the onset of symptoms. After 65, the label was “senile dementia”.
For the past 35 years, people of any age who fit the syndrome are said to have Alzheimer's. In addition to the biological component, relabeling all patients with similar symptoms as Alzheimer's victims boosted the perception of the prevalence of the disease in the general population, thus increasing the likelihood of funding and donations for research.
The increase in life expectancy is a factor that affects the risk of developing Alzheimers in a way that is confusing. The lifespan is increasing, which is likely due to better preventative health and better treatments for cardiovascular disease. At the same time, the number of Americans who have Alzheimer's has increased dramatically each year. This is a direct result of the aging of Baby Boomers. A genetic component to the disease is very low.
Lowering the risk of Alzheimer's includes several well-supported steps. These are regular exercise, controlling blood pressure and sugar levels, and eating a diet high in fruits,vegetables and low in saturated fat. Staying socially connected and engaging the brain in meaningful ways can lead to successful aging. Other “cures” may have been touted by the media, but are not strong evidence of an effective way of preventing Alzheimers.
Alzheimer's may appear in brilliant people, those who exercise religiously, and those who stick to a good diet. The best chance for successful aging is to focus on how to create full and meaningful lives, regardless of how long the lifespan extends.
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