By Daniel Kuhn
This version comprises the most recent details on Alzheimer’s probability components, remedies, and prevention, in addition to a brand new bankruptcy, Voices of Experience,” composed of reflections by way of kinfolk. It additionally offers information regarding new medications licensed given that 1999 and the federal government’s choice to hide counseling and different health-related prone via Medicare.
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Qxd 2/17/2003 3:44 PM Page 46 CHAPTER 3 • • • • • • • • • • • • Risk Factors for Developing Alzheimer’s Disease Lucky is he who has been able to understand the cause of things. Virgil o treat or prevent a disease, it is helpful to identify its underlying causes. Since intensive research efforts first began in the late 1970s, there have been numerous theories about the underlying causes of AD. Environmental toxins, genetics, and viruses have all been suspected. Yet researchers have been frustrated in their efforts to understand the basic biological mechanisms that lead to AD, and no single cause for AD has been identified.
Bill recounted the first sign of changes in his wife’s ability to navigate their community: I noticed it in her driving at first. She had lived in our town all her life and always knew how to get around the area. One day she had to go to the bank and then to the insurance office. However, she had to come home after going to the bank because she didn’t know how to get to the insurance company. She was also unable to keep track of her purse and was misplacing things. Her missing purse had become kind of a joke for the past four years.
Once a diagnosis has been made, there may be questions about the underlying cause or causes of the disease. Although researchers have identified no single culprit so far, I look at a number of possibilities in Chapter 3. Understanding the origins of AD clearly has implications for treatment and prevention, the topic of Chapter 4. qxd 2/17/2003 3:44 PM Page 46 CHAPTER 3 • • • • • • • • • • • • Risk Factors for Developing Alzheimer’s Disease Lucky is he who has been able to understand the cause of things.
Alzheimer's Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends and Caregivers by Daniel Kuhn