Alzheimer Disease

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Alzheimers disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about this crippling disease in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Alzheimers disease is a condition that affects the brain. It is the most common cause of dementia, which is a loss of brain function that can affect memory, attention, language and problem solving.

It is not completely clear what causes Alzheimer disease. Some people who get it have lower amounts of a certain brain chemical. They also may have proteins that build up in brain cells. These changes may cause brain cells to stop working normally. Alzheimer disease gets worse over time.

As the disease progresses, memory loss and language skills get worse, and people may not be able to care for themselves. In advanced stages, people cant communicate with others or respond to their environment. They become completely dependent on caregivers.

There is no cure, but some medicines may help slow the rate of disease. However, the benefit of these medicines is small, and some people may not benefit at all. None of the medicines will reverse the disease or stop it from getting worse.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.