Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic neurodegenerative disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t just affect the individual diagnosed, it impacts their entire family and support system. It can be challenging to cope with the changes in memory and behavior that come with the disease.
In this episode of “The Best,” Dr. Armstrong and LaDonna discuss what Alzheimer’s disease is, how it affects the brain, and what you can do to lower your risk factor for this devastating disease.
The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not fully understood, but researchers believe it may be due to a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors. One of the hallmarks of the disease is the accumulation of abnormal proteins in the brain, which can interfere with communication between brain cells and eventually lead to their death.
Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be subtle, such as forgetting recent events or conversations, difficulty with problem-solving or decision-making, and becoming disoriented in familiar places. As the disease progresses, symptoms can become more severe, including confusion, personality changes, and difficulty with basic activities of daily living.
Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, and available treatments can only manage the symptoms to some extent. Some medications may improve cognitive function or slow down the progression of the disease. Lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and social engagement, may also help to delay the onset of symptoms or reduce their severity.
Research into Alzheimer’s disease is ongoing, and there is hope that new treatments and preventive strategies will emerge in the future.