WRITTEN BY: Tammy C. Perez, M.A., NCC, LCDC, LPC
REVIEWED BY: Dr. Terry Schroeder on April 18, 2023
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer's is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder affecting memory, cognitive function, and behavior. It is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of all diagnoses. The disease primarily affects older adults, with most cases occurring in individuals aged 65 or older. However, early-onset Alzheimer's can affect people as young as 40 or 50.
What causes Alzheimer’s?
The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is still unknown. Research shows it is likely a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that lead to its development. Several critical factors believed to contribute to the cause and progression of Alzheimer's disease include amyloid plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, inflammation, genetics, and lifestyle factors.
One of the leading indicators of Alzheimer's disease is the accumulation of amyloid-beta protein, which forms plaques in the spaces between nerve cells. These plaques disrupt neuronal communication and trigger inflammation. Neurofibrillary tangles consist of a protein called tau, which includes irregular structures that can disrupt the transport of nutrients and other essential molecules within the cells. Chronic inflammation caused by the body's immune response to amyloid plaques and the abnormal collection of tau proteins contributes to the death of brain cells. Genes identified as risk factors for Alzheimer's disease include the APOE gene. APOE4, a particular variant of the APOE gene, increases the risk of developing the disease.
Studies have suggested certain lifestyle factors, such as physical inactivity, poor diet, smoking, and limited social engagement, may also increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.
What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s?
Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease vary from person to person and may worsen over time. Common conditions include memory loss, difficulty solving problems, trouble completing familiar tasks, confusion, speaking and writing issues, and misplacing things. Other symptoms are social withdrawal, mood changes, and decreased decision-making ability.
Memory loss is one of the earliest and most noticeable symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. People may need help remembering recent events, conversations, or newly learned information. They may also need help with tasks that require organization, decision-making, or problem-solving. Routine tasks can become challenging to perform due to mental confusion. Additionally, those with Alzheimer's may struggle to find the right words, repeat themselves, or have difficulty following or joining conversations and frequently misplace things.
Alzheimer's disease can affect decision-making and judgment, leading to adverse choices or neglect of personal hygiene and self-care. People may withdraw from hobbies, social activities, or work due to difficulty keeping up with tasks or following conversations. Changes in mood and personality can also occur, including irritability, depression, anxiety, and paranoia.
Experiencing memory difficulties or cognitive decline is a normal part of aging. However, Alzheimer's disease presents a more significant and progressive decline in cognitive function. It is essential to consult a healthcare professional for proper evaluation and diagnosis if experiencing any of these symptoms.
How is it Alzheimer’s treated?
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's disease, but there are treatments and interventions that can help manage symptoms and improve the quality of life for those with the condition. Treatment strategies involve a combination of medications, lifestyle changes, and support services.
Several medicines are available to help manage the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, including cholinesterase inhibitors and memantine. Adopting healthy habits can help slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease and improve overall well-being. Lifestyle changes, including physical exercise, eating a healthy diet, engaging in cognitive and social activities, ensuring adequate sleep, and stress management, can help decrease symptoms. Support services like psychotherapy can provide emotional support and benefit people with Alzheimer's and their caregivers.
How does Alzheimer’s affect brain health?
Alzheimer's disease primarily impacts memory, thinking, behavior, and other cognitive functions. The following conditions categorize the changes experienced within the brain, amyloid plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, loss of synaptic connections, inflammation, neuronal death and brain atrophy, and vascular dysfunction.
The cumulative effect of these changes leads to the characteristic cognitive decline, memory loss, and behavioral changes seen in people with Alzheimer's disease. As the disease progresses, the brain's ability to function deteriorates, eventually affecting the ability to perform even basic daily tasks.
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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): https://www.nimh.nih.gov/
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