what is alzheimer's disease?



 Alzheimer’s disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer.  In 1906, Dr. Alzheimer noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. Her symptoms included memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. After she died, he examined her brain and found many abnormal clumps (now called amyloid plaques) and tangled bundles of fibers (now called neurofibrillary, or tau, tangles).  Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. In most people with Alzheimer’s, symptoms first appear in their mid-60s. Estimates vary, but experts suggest that more than 5.5 million Americans, most of them age 65 or older, may have dementia caused by Alzheimer’s.

Source: National Institute on Aging

the difference between alzheimer's disease and dementia


 Dementia is a syndrome, not a disease. ... Dementia is a group of symptoms that affects mental cognitive tasks such as memory and reasoning. Dementia is an umbrella term that Alzheimer's disease can fall under. It can occur due to a variety of conditions, the most common of which is Alzheimer's disease.   Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia among older adults. Dementia is the loss of cognitive functioning—thinking, remembering, and reasoning—and behavioral abilities to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s daily life and activities. Dementia ranges in severity from the mildest stage, when it is just beginning to affect a person’s functioning, to the most severe stage, when the person must depend completely on others for basic activities of daily living. 

why is ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE CARE so important?


  •  Alzheimer’s disease is currently ranked as the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but recent estimates indicate that the disorder may rank third, just behind heart disease and cancer, as a cause of death for older people. 
  • Every 66 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease.
  • More than 5 million Americas are living with Alzheimer’s disease. By the year 2050, this number could rise as high as 16 million.


 Alzheimer’s Association 2017 Facts and Stats Infographic. 



 Scientists don’t yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease in most people. In people with early-onset Alzheimer’s, a genetic mutation may be the cause. Late-onset Alzheimer’s arises from a complex series of brain changes that occur over decades. The causes probably include a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. The importance of any one of these factors in increasing or decreasing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s may differ from person to person. 



There  are lots of great resources to learn about Alzheimer's and Dementia Care . Here are a few to consider.

  1.  https://www.nia.nih.gov/ 
  2.  https://nccdp.org/ 
  3.  https://alz.org/ 
  4.  https://alzfdn.org/ 
  5.  https://www.alz.co.uk/ 

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  The BECC ADDing CARE Education (A.C.E. ) Institute offers information via educational seminars about Alzheimer’s Disease and related Dementia for families, caregivers, and health professionals. The BECC A.C.E. Institute staff answer telephone, email, and written requests and make referrals to local and national resources when necessary.