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family members and alzheimer"s disease

A: Dear Brian:     I am not  an authority on medical ethics but as a minister, physician and with years of experience I say, without question,   that when the Alzheimer"s patient reaches the  stage where   meaningful life and relationships can no longer be maintained,  family members  should  request  the physician  to not give ,or to  discontinue giving, any medicine or procedure that is designed   to extend life.   No tube feeding , IV"s   Oxygen or   heroic measure of any kind.  Give only medicine to keep the patient comfortable.     I say this because  with  this terrible disease  there is no cure and...


What are the Benefits of having Alzheimer''s disease ?

A: Every episode of your favorite sitcom is a ''new'' episode. Seriously now, there''s nothing good about Alzheimer''s, why do you think it''s such a serious disease? You get new friends every day....


Have there been any cases of alzheimer''s disease in kenya

A: Rates of Alzheimer''s disease are lower in Africans living in Africa than in African Americans, but there are still a few cases in Kenya and other countries. Lack of advanced medicine there makes statistics unreliable....

Is Alzheimer''s disease hereditary? What are the causes and symptoms?

A: The main risk factor for Alzheimer''s disease is increased age. There are also genetic risk factors for Alzheimer''s disease. Most patients develop Alzheimer''s disease after age 70. However, 2%-5% of patients develop the disease in the fourth or fifth decade of life (40s or 50s). At least half of these early onset patients have inherited gene mutations associated with their Alzheimer''s disease. Moreover, the children of a patient with early onset Alzheimer''s disease who has one of these gene mutations has a 50% risk of developing Alzheimer''s disease. There is also a genetic risk for late onset cases. A relatively...


Are There Any Treatments for Alzheimer''s disease?

A: Although there are some treatments for Alzheimer''s disease, there is currently no cure. Treatment available focuses on delaying the onset of Alzheimer''s disease symptoms, or helping to offset dementia and hallucinations that can occur in late stage Alzheimer''s disease. Many other proposed treatments are under investigation for possible efficacy. Several medications can help delay the progression of Alzheimer''s disease. These medications include tacrine (brand name Cognex®), rivastigmine (Exelon®), and galantamine (Razadyne® or Reminyl®). Such drugs are taken during early onset of Alzheimer’s and may help reduce cognition dysfunction and dementia. Common side effects include upset...


From the marriage vow point of view, can advanced Alzheimer''s disease represent Death and the marriage partner engage in extra-marital sex or have an acceptable excuse for divorce?

A: Maurice, The terms of the marriage contract would have to be changed. The phrases of ''till death do us part'' and ''in sickness and health'' would need to be removed out of the contract. Almost dead is different than being dead. What about if your partner has sustained a severe brain injury such as a stroke or is in the last stage of terminal cancer? I see a potential conflict of interest. Can the spouse with Alzheimer''s disease contest the divorce? Has the spouse with Alzheimer''s disease given permission to the partner to the contract to have sex outside of that contractual marriage, before-hand?. Why did the partner wait so long into the progression of the disease to file for a divorce? Who is going to be...


How is Alzheimer''s disease diagnosed?

A: Despite its prevalence, Alzheimer''s disease often goes unrecognized or is misdiagnosed in its early stages. Many health professionals, patients, and family members mistakenly view the early symptoms of Alzheimer''s disease as the inevitable consequences of aging.Despite its prevalence, Alzheimer''s disease often goes unrecognized or is misdiagnosed in its early stages. Many health professionals, patients, and family members mistakenly view the early symptoms of Alzheimer''s disease as the inevitable consequences of aging. Some disorders that can result in dementia—such as depression, poor nutrition, and drug interactions—are reversible, but Alzheimer''s disease is...

What is the difference between alzheimer''s disease and senility or dementia?

A: This is how the doctor described it to my grandmother. Alzheimers is when you walk up to a stove and you forget its a stove. Dementia is when you walk to the stove and forget why you walked over there. Alzheimer''s is a specific type of dementia. Senile isn''t an official diagnosis, where as dementia and Alzheimer''s is. This is actually really good, and sourced: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia I''m logging off for a bit. Will be back later to read more. Don''t want anyone thinking I''m ignoring their answers! Alzheimer''s disease is sometimes considered pathogenic (i.e., caused by an external source) whereas senility and dementia are naturally occurring breakdown of the brain. I do not think there is any conclusive evidence to...


What are some ways to prevent Alzheimer`s disease?

A: Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news but there are n specific ways we know to avoid Alzheimer`s. However some studies have shown that the following may help in reducing instances of the disease:. Eating Healthier - i.e. more fruit and less processed foods.. Exercise - A healthy body can keep you active and may help to delay the onset of Alzheimer`s.. Mental Challenges - There is some evidence that people who regularly challenge themselves mentally are less likely to have Alzheimer`s or that it may help to delay symptoms.. Genetics can trigger early onset Alzheimer`s (before the age of 60-65), but no one knows exactly what causes Alzheimer`s to manifest, so the search for a cure goes on.... There is no proven way to prevent Alzheimer`s


Who are Some Famous People That Had Alzheimer''s disease?

A: Famous people who suffer from the degenerative neurological Alzheimer''s disease remind us that there is currently no prevention, no cure, and no discrimination when it comes to diagnosis. Political figures, actors, and athletes alike can use their recognition to bring attention to the need for research, early diagnosis, and increased awareness. Ironically, though, the disease makes it extremely difficult for such figures to make public appearances, as they cannot reliably deliver speeches or interact with media when their memory and functionality is on the decline. Perhaps the most well-known sufferer, of course, was the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. He drastically increased public awareness for the tragic illness...
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