Alzheimer’s Disease

Hi, I’m Dr. Alexander Salerno and today we’re gonna have a conversation about Alzheimer’s Disease. This is a topic very near and dear to me because my grandmother lived and died with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease is a disorder that affects the memory and the brain; things like higher reasoning, learning, remembering gradually become destroyed as the disease progresses. It’s a debilitating disease, not only to the patient , but also to the family and loved ones. So today we’re going to separate the facts versus fiction about Alzheimer’s disease.

True or false? If you suffer memory loss like forgetting your keys or where your glasses, are you’re developing early Alzheimer’s. False. Senior moments are not Alzheimer’s disease. Memory loss is experienced by most of us at some point in time. It is a cause for concern when the functioning of daily living activities and the ability to communicate are affected.

True or false? Only older Americans are subjected to Alzheimer’s Disease. False. Early-onset Alzheimer’s can affect people as early as 30, 40 and 50 years of age. This is usually due to a dominant gene that is passed on from one generation to another.

True or false? Alzheimer’s Disease is fatal. False. The disease itself is not fatal, but Alzheimer’s Disease can lead to conditions such as pneumonia, falls and trauma, and gradual debility and malnutrition. Patients typically live eight to ten years after diagnosis is made.

True or false? Alzheimer’s can be cured. This too is false. Currently, there are no treatments that can prevent or cure Alzheimer’s Disease.

We only have medications to slow the rate of progression. If you have questions about Alzheimer’s Disease, have a conversation with your doctor.

Ask questions. Remember, knowledge is power.