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Difference between Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease was first identified by a German Neurologist Dr. Alois Alzheimer in the year 1906. It is characterized by progressive mental deterioration to such a degree that it interferes with one's ability to function socially and at work. Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive disorder. The precise cause is unknown. It is now known as the degenerative disorder that is characterized by a
specific set of physiological changes in the brain. Nerve fibers surrounding the hippocampus, the brain memory center, become tangled, and the information is no longer carried properly to or from the brain. New memories cannot be formed and memories formed earlier cannot be retrieved.

Other disorders can cause symptoms similar to those of Alzheimer's disease like dementia, signs of alcohol abuse, advanced syphilis, brain tumor, hypothyroidism and presence of small blood clots in vessels that supply the brain. Dementia may result from arteriosclerosis ( hardening of the arteries)that slowly cuts off the supply of blood to the brain. The death of the brain tissue from a series of minor strokes, or from pressure exerted by an accumulation of fluid in the brain, may cause dementia.

The best thing to do, the Doctor will always order MRI of the brain to find out if the person has Alzheimer or dementia. Like my Mom, we thought she has Alzheimer's because of her symptoms but indeed she has dementia as the MRI showed mini infarcts on her brain and that's the reason she can't take the medicine Aricept for Alzheimer's as it won't do her any good. the Doctor just give her something to prevent her from getting more strokes in her brain.

Although there's no known precise cause of this disease and it affects not only the elderly but people age twenty to forty years. Many researchers believed it's due to nutritional deficiencies. They point out that people with Alzheimer's tend to have low levels of Vit B-12 and zinc in the body. The B-vitamin are important in cognitive function. They also found that low levels of Vitamin A and E in people with Alzheimer's disease. These nutrients act as free radical scavengers; deficiencies may expose brain cells to increased oxidative damage. In addition, they also found out that people with Alzheimer's have low levels of boron, potassium, and selenium.

Other researchers have also drawn a connection between Alzheimer's disease and high concentration of aluminum in the brain and also toxic metal mercury as what revealed in the autopsy of the brain. Some research indicates that the longer you cook food in aluminum pots, the more they corrode, and the most aluminum compounds migrate into
food and are absorbed by the body. Aluminum is more readily dissolve by acid-forming foods such as coffee, cheeses, meats, black and green tea, cabbage, cucumbers, tomatoes, turnips, spinach, and radishes. Use only stainless steel, glass or iron cookware. Stainless steel is the best. Beware of products containing aluminum. Read labels and avoid those that contain aluminum or dihydroxyaluminum. Acid rain leeches aluminum out of the soil and into drinking water.

Many people who develop Alzheimer's disease have a family history of the disorder, suggesting that heredity may be involved. Another study also indicates that those who have down syndrome, who carry an extra copy of chromosome 21, are prone to develop Alzheimer's disease in their thirties and forties.

Memory loss and confusion can cause a person with Alzheimer's disease to become suspicious of those around him or her. If this occurs, try not to take offense or argue, but rather offer a simple answer or try to divert the person's attention to another activity. Be positive, reassuring, and speak slowly with a soft tone; and use music, massage and/or exercise to help sooth the person. (I massage my Mom's lower extremities- her knees and her legs and her arms, I apply good smelling aroma of pineapple Shea-butter cream).

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