Primarily a neurologist should be consulted, who specializes in the diseases of the brain and nervous system.
2. How do you die from Alzheimer's disease?
As Alzheimer’s progresses, the body ‘s immune system weakens, increasing susceptibility to infection and other causes of death related to the elderly, Typical complications are heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure and lung infections.
3. Can controlling certain diseases protect against Alzheimer's?
Age-related diseases and conditions, such as vascular disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Staying cognitively active throughout life via social engagement or intellectual stimulation is associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Such activities may protect the brain by establishing “cognitive reserve,” the brain’s ability to operate effectively even when it is damaged or some brain function is disrupted. They help the brain become more adaptable in some mental functions, so it can compensate for declines in other functions.
5. Are resources available for caregivers for people with Alzheimer's?
Every state has a state agency on aging. You may find it in the phone book, online, Caretakers are often under tremendous pressure and stress, and it is important that they take advantage of the support and assistance that is available to them.
6. Is any dementia reversible?
Dementia is irreversible when caused by degenerative disease or trauma, but might be reversible in some cases when caused by drugs, alcohol, hormone or vitamin imbalances, or depression.