What is Alzheimer’s?

July 8, 2019

This year, it is estimated that about 5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease.

About Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder. It’s a form of dementia that affects one’s memory, thinking, and behavior. Its symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time. 

Causes and Risk Factors

The exact cause of Alzheimer’s is still not fully understood but scientists believe it’s a combination of genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors. 

Problems with brain proteins are the core of Alzheimer’s disease. When these proteins fail to function normally, they affect the work of brain cells. This results in neurons losing connections to each other and eventually die.

You have a higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s if you have a family history of it, have a mild cognitive impairment, poor sleep patterns, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Symptoms and Treatment

The most common and one of the earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly-learned information. 

As the disease progresses, you may experience disorientation, confusion of certain events, mood and behavior changes, and difficulty in speaking, swallowing and walking. 

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s but there are ways to manage its symptoms. Currently, there are two types of drugs used to manage cognitive symptoms. These include cholinesterase inhibitors (e.g. Aricept, Razadyne) and memantine. The latter helps in slowing the progression of the symptoms in moderate to severe cases of the disease.

If you or someone you love suffer from Alzheimer’s but aren’t experiencing positive results from medications, you may consider TMS.

TMS or transcranial magnetic stimulation is a non-invasive procedure that has been shown to ease the symptoms of certain conditions including depression, anxiety, and Alzheimer’s disease. 

For more information, you can call us at (520) 338-2557 or fill out this form to request for an appointment.

 

References:

https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-alzheimers

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/symptoms-causes/syc-20350447