For all of us, the possibility of losing our precious memories and identity as we age is a frightening thought. Memory loss can have many different causes: one of the most common ones is Alzheimer’s disease.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s Disease affects around 5.8 million people in the United States. It is the most common form of dementia worldwide, and usually affects people in their 60s and older.
The main symptoms are memory loss, difficulty thinking and solving problems and changes in mood or personality. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease which eventually leaves people unable to perform simple tasks, needing assistance with every aspect of their daily life.
Alzheimer’s is caused by a buildup of harmful proteins in the brain, which clump together to form plaques and tangles. These clumps destroy the connections between brain cells and cause them to die.
What we cover in the blog
Maybe you have a relative affected by the disease, or you’ve been diagnosed yourself. In either case, you should find these articles helpful.
In this blog, you will discover more about the causes of Alzheimer’s, the different stages of the disease and how it affects men and women differently. We also explain how it differs from other neurodegenerative diseases which cause similar symptoms.
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, however we discuss the latest developments and advancements in treatment that can slow the progression of the disease and manage symptoms.
You can take preventative measures to reduce your chances of developing Alzheimer’s. Check out our practical advice about the most beneficial lifestyle changes you can make today.
For example, we review the science and evaluate the claims that speaking a second language may help protect the brain against dementia. We look into the potential benefits that music and other hobbies or activities may have on brain health.
Diet is also an extremely important factor. If you are wondering what foods you should eat, we have a guide to the foods to include in your diet which evidence shows can help keep your brain healthy.