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Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible form of dementia that affects memory, thought and behavior and becomes progressively worse. Each year, many people with loved ones suffering from this debilitating disorder find answers and support at the Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute. These neurological professionals utilize medical science’s most advanced diagnostic and treatment technology. With care and compassion, they develop the best management program for the patient and offer solutions to overcome the challenges faced by caregivers. People experiencing symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, and those who observe them in loved ones, are encouraged to consult the specialists at the Florida Hospital Neuroscience Institute as soon as possible.

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The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke define Alzheimer’s disease (AD) as a progressive neurodegenerative disease. It occurs when brain cells die, and often manifests as confusion, impaired memory and thinking, personality changes and other behavioral problems.

Dr. Alois Alzheimer, a German physician, first identified AD in 1906. At the time, it was thought to be rare, but today is ranked as the most common form of dementia, a disorder characterized by deteriorating mental capabilities. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, affect over 5 million people older than 65. Early-onset AD affects another 200,000 to 500,000 people under age 65. Even though Alzheimer’s more commonly affects older people, it is not part of the normal aging process.

The progression of Alzheimer’s varies between individuals. Patients often die earlier than they normally might, but sometimes they live 20 years after being diagnosed. The last stage of the disease may take from months to years as the patient becomes completely disabled. Organ failures and respiratory infections are the most common forms of death from AD.

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, early diagnosis may lead to therapies that more effectively manage the condition such as physical exercise, proper nutrition, social activity and staying mentally active. Care and regular monitoring by a physician and support for the caregiver are critical to helping people deal with AD.

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