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AGING CONDITIONS: ALZHEIMERS

Age Related Memory Decline

The likelihood of developing memory loss increases with age. In its mildest form, age associated memory impairment, is characterised by self perception of memory loss. This can be confirmed by a standard memory test score showing a relative decline in objective memory performance compared with younger adults.

About 40% of people aged 65 or older in the USA have age associated memory impairment. Only about 1% of them will progress to dementia each year.

Mild Cognitive Impairment

The next stage is mild cognitive impairment. This is a more severe form of memory loss and is often defined by important memory deficits without functional impairments. Although patients with mild cognitive impairment are able to continue to live independently, they show objective memory impairments similar to those seen in people with very mild Alzheimer's disease.

About 10% of people aged 65 years or older have mild cognitive impairment, and nearly 15% of them develop Alzheimer's disease each year.

Dementia

The severest form of mental decline is termed dementia, as in Alzheimers. It can be defined as impairment in several cognitive domains including memory to the extent that it interferes with daily life.

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Causes of Alzheimers

As people live longer, the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease increases dramatically. Although it is the most common cause of late life dementia, other causes, particularly vascular disease, contribute to the occurrence of dementia.

Not everyone is destined to develop Alzheimer's disease, and genetic predisposition explains only some of the risk for the disease. Thus, lifestyle choices may be important in disease risk and prevention.

Recent findings about possible non-genetic factors contributing to brain health suggest several practical strategies that may decelerate brain ageing and delay onset of dementia.

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Treatment of Alzheimers

For milder cases of mental decline, nutritional supplements have proven effective for many.

Some treatments under investigation but not proved to prevent Alzheimer's disease:

  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Cholinesterase inhibitor drugs
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • DHEA (dehydropeindrosterone)
  • Oestrogen
  • Testosterone

In April, 2005 reports of studies promising successful treatment of Alzheimers using Injections of genetically altered cells into the brain. These cells appear to nourish ailing neurons and may slow the cognitive decline in patients with Alzheimer's disease, scientists reported yesterday in a preliminary study. To read the full article on this study.

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Behavioural Factors

There are several behavioural factors that contribute to mental decline

Mental Activity

The risk of developing Alzheimer's disease is lower in people who have been intellectually active than in those who have not. Studies also indicate that higher mental function in one's 20s predicts better cognitive function late in life. People who spend time reading and who have mentally stimulating jobs or educational experiences maintain their memories better and longer as they age. Other studies have shown that college graduates have a lower risk of eventually developing Alzheimer's disease than people with less educational achievement.

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Head Trauma

Previous head trauma with loss of consciousness for an hour or more doubles the risk for developing Alzheimer's disease later in life. A study comparing amateur soccer players in their mid-20s and swimmers and runners [less likely to incur head injuries] of the same age found that over 30% of the soccer players had memory impairments, compared with less than 10% of the swimmers and runners.

Smoking

One study found that smokers had double the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease of people who never smoked. However, when people quit smoking at whatever age, they are able to reduce their risk.

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