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Can acupuncture help Alzheimer''s disease patients?

A: Whether acupuncture will help AD patients will depend on the stage of AD and availability of reliable acupuncture specialists who could give an idea of how well it will work and what to expect. Also any additional treatment has to be cleared with the patient''s regular physician and if there is no harm but possible benefit the physician maybe open to alternative treatments. The term ''help'' is pretty broad. There appears to be very little research on this subject, although what there is suggests potential for improved motor and cognition; of course --''depending.'' Get in touch with the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, which can provide some guidance. In Sacramento: 866-455-7999 Toll-Free or online http://www.aaaomonline.org/ Try to find a local health...


Vitamins and Alzheimer"s disease

A: Dear Kate:    I am no expert in this field, but I would say that if there was  conclyusive evidence that a vitamin, or vitamins that were helpful everyone would be taking them.  I say that far more important then medicine or vitamins is the establishment of a genuine love trust relationship . My basic advice is as follows: I am no longer a caregiver since my wife died of Alzheimer"s seven years ago (see my little book Flowers for Peggy, One couples experience with Alzheimer"s), but I learned much about the disease and how it can be managed and I am willing to share all that I have learned. It is important that caregivers learn all they can about the disease and that they help the patients with sufficient...


Can zinc help fight Alzheimer`s disease?

A: Zinc has been implicated in Alzheimer`s disease in two ways. Some research says zinc can help fight Alzheimer’s disease because too little zinc has been found in some people’s brain autopsy after they have died from Alzheimer’s. However, a recent study that I read showed that toomuch zinc could cause some plaque buildup in the brain that is thought to be part of Alzheimer’s disease. At this point it’s a toss up whether zinc can help fight Alzheimer’s disease. More research is needed.. ...


family members and alzheimer's disease

A: Hi Brian, You don"t give the back story for your wondering about this issue so I"ll tell you my experience, and in doing so, will answer your excellent question from my own perspective. As you probably know, Alzheimers is a terminal illness all by itself - on average, it takes between 3 and 7 years to cause a person"s death, although there are people for whom it goes much faster and many for whom it goes much slower. Fast or slow to progress, even a person in perfect health otherwise will eventually be killed by it - and having advancing AD also makes diagnosing and treating any other illness extremely complicated.   As the disease progresses, the brain damage that has happened means eventually the person can no longer walk, talk, smile, swallow, know...

What medicines are used to treat Alzheimer''s disease?

A: The medicines used to treat Alzheimer''s disease include the cholinesterase inhibitors (donepezil, rivastigmine, and galantamine), and the NMDA antagonist, memantine. -Donepezil, rivastigmine, and galantamine work by slowing the breakdown of acetylcholine, the chemical that helps nerve cells in the brain transmit impulses. They do not cure Alzheimer''s or stop the progression of the disease, but can help relieve some memory impairment, reduce some behavioral symptoms, and improve self-care abilities compared to a placebo (dummy pill). Most people have no or only mild side effects from these medications. The most common side effects of the drugs are nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some people, loss of appetite, insomnia or bad dreams,...

How does race affect a person''s risk of getting Alzheimer''s disease?

A: The major risk factors for Alzheimer''s disease are age, apo E4 allele (can be determined by genetic testing), family history of Alzheimer''s disease, traumatic brain injury earlier on in life etc. Some minor risk actors include high fat diet, obesity, low level of literacy and minimal activities involving thinking and brain activities. So far no one has related Alzheimer''s to any particular race. Initially Alzheimer''s disease was consider more common in females and the developed world but that I think is only because the people from developing world did not live as long and females live longer than men in most parts of the world and therefore at a higher risk due to age....


What can I do about my family`s Alzheimer`s disease denial?

A: What are they denying? That she has Alzheimer`s disease? That there are any problems? A diagnosis is just a label. Some people with early Alzheimer`s are fine at home by themselves for a period of time. There are also many strategies that can be adapted gradually to support people in the environment they are used to for a long while. Without more information, I can`t tell if there is really a problem at this point. My suggestion is that you focus on particular issues that are causing problems. The most likely might be driving, safety at home, finances. If none of these are currently problems, then you may need to just bide your time. Instead of trying to get your relatives to admit and talk about Alzheimer`s, pick one concern you have and work on that with them....


Parkinson"s and alzheimer"s disease cure?

A: 1. Parkinson"s disease and Alzheimer"s disease are very different illnesses. There is no known cure for either. 2. Both of these diseases are relentlessly progressive. There are some medications that can alleviate some of the symptoms for a while, and can sometimes slow down the progress a bit in some people for a while, but they do not stop the progress. In other words, even if you take the medications, you will get worse - it might just delay it a bit and buy the person more time with better quality of life. This can make a big difference for an elderly person whose life span is already limited. 3. I would say that happiness is a factor in quality of life. Few people want to keep living if it means endless...


Dementia and Alzheimer''s - What is the difference between dementia and alzheimer''s disease?

A: Dementia is the term used for chronic generalised psychological impairment. The main clinical feature is generalised intellectual impairment but there are also changes in mood and behaviour. The underlying brain dysfunction is generalised. Having said that, dementia is just a description of how the patient presents to the doctor, and there are many different conditions which cause. There are some dementias which are classifiable during life, but most of them are (usually correct) best guesses, because clearly one cannot biopsy the brain of a living person to be absolutely sure. An expert opinion can help to rule out the treatable causes of dementia and can provide advice on how to manage the individual, particularly as the condition progresses. Whether a condition progresses or not depends...

Can Alzheimer''s disease be prevented?

A: Since the exact cause of Alzheimer''s disease is unknown, there currently is no proven prevention of the disease. Although no cure for Alzheimer''s disease is available, lifestyle can help slow the worsening of symptoms and help the person''s mood and behavior. Planning and medical/social management can help ease the burden on both patients and family members. Physical exercise, good nutrition (a well-balanced diet with adequate protein, fruits, vegetables, and fiber), and social activities (for example, socializing with family and friends, or attending day care programs) are very helpful. A calm, structured environment also might help the person with Alzheimer''s disease to continue...

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