alzheimer association

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Get more information by visiting our Alzheimer’s experts in your area at SeniorsGuideOnline.com     The basics Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia,…

genetic testing

Researchers have observed that having a parent or sibling with Alzheimer’s disease does increase one’s risk somewhat above the general population’s risk of developing the disease, but such a family history should not cause undue anxiety. Nonetheless, some people with such family histories, and some without such histories, wish to have a genetic test that…

stages

  Experts have documented common patterns of symptom progression that occur in many individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and developed several methods of “staging” based on these patterns. Progression of symptoms corresponds in a general way to the underlying nerve cell degeneration that takes place in Alzheimer’s disease. Nerve cell damage typically begins with cells involved…

fda approved

While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are five prescription drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat its symptoms. Donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine and tacrine are called cholinesterase inhibitors. Memanatine is classified as an uncompetitive low-to-moderate affinity N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist. Both types of drugs help manage symptoms, but…

mild cognitive impairment

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is a general term most commonly defined as a subtle but measurable memory disorder. A person with MCI experiences memory problems greater than normally expected with aging, but does not show other symptoms of dementia, such as impaired judgment or reasoning. Compared with the large body of information about Alzheimer’s disease,…

clinical trials

Over the last 15 years, scientists have made enormous strides in understanding how Alzheimer’s disease affects the brain. Many of these recent insights point toward new breakthroughs for treatment or prevention, as well as improved ways to diagnose the disease and monitor its progression. Scientists continue to make advances, and progress is advancing very quickly…