Alzheimer's Disease

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Alzheimers disease is a common cause of dementia in older adults.

Dr. Edward Hill discusses Alzheimers disease in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Development of Alzheimers disease is related to two abnormal proteins in the brain, which are toxic to nerve cells in the brain. The buildup of these proteins in neurons eventually leads to neuron death, worsened brain function and symptoms of dementia.

The exact trigger for Alzheimers disease is unknown. It tends to run in families.

Alzheimers disease symptoms usually occur after age 65 years. Symptoms of mild Alzheimers disease include problems with memory of recent events, misplacing items, getting lost in a familiar place, trouble completing complex tasks, and mood and personality changes.

Symptoms of moderate Alzheimers disease include worse memory loss and confusion, worse mood and personality changes, not recognizing family members and friends, and needing help with activities such as getting dressed or going to the bathroom.

Symptoms of severe Alzheimers disease include losing the ability to speak and complete dependence on others for all day-to-day activities.

There is currently no cure for Alzheimers disease. Current medications can slow the progression of the disease but cannot reverse it.

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