Earlier in the week we posted a blog about some facts that you may not know about Alzheimer’s Disease. If you have a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, here are four more things you may not know.
6) One-third of Americans over age 85 are afflicted with Alzheimer’s and the majority are Hispanic or African Americans.
7) Studies have found that activities to boost brain stimulation such as puzzles and cards increase brain volume and preserve cognitive function. Moderate exercise during middle age has also been found to reduce the risk of dementia.
8) Researchers have identified certain genes that increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's. APOE-e4 is the strongest risk gene for Alzheimer's. However genetic testing for APOE-e4 is controversial and should only be undertaken after discussion with a physician or genetic counselor.
9) Having trouble with memory does not mean you have Alzheimer's. While Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, only evaluation by a neurologist experienced with the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s will be able to tell you or your loved one if that is what is wrong.
A careful medical evaluation will include: A thorough medical history, mental status testing, a physical and neurological exam and tests (such as blood tests and brain imaging) to rule out other causes of dementia-like symptoms.
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