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Alzheimer's: When to Stop Driving

Driving is a routine part of adult life for many people. It's also a symbol of independence. While the focused concentration and quick reaction time needed for safe driving tend to decline with age, Alzheimer's disease accelerates this process dramatically. If you're caring for a person living with Alzheimer's disease, you'll need to address the […]

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Alzheimer's Disease: Can Exercise Prevent Memory Loss?

Can exercise prevent memory loss and improve cognitive function? Answer From Jonathan Graff-Radford, M.D. Possibly. Exercise has many known benefits, including reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, strengthening the bones and muscles, and reducing stress. It also appears that regular physical activity benefits the brain. Studies show that people who are physically active […]

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Alzheimer's: Can a Head Injury Increase My Risk?

Can a head injury cause or hasten Alzheimer's disease or other types of dementia? Answer From Jonathan Graff-Radford, M.D. The immediate effects of a head injury can include symptoms that are also seen in dementia, such as confusion and memory loss, as well as changes in speech, vision, and personality. Depending on the severity of […]

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Alzheimer's Genes: Are You at Risk?

Certain genes make you more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease. Genes control the function of every cell in your body. Some genes determine basic characteristics, such as the color of your eyes and hair. Other genes can make you more likely to develop certain diseases, including Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have identified a number of genes […]

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Alzheimer's Stages: How the Disease Progresses

Alzheimer's disease tends to develops slowly and gradually worsens over several years. Eventually, Alzheimer's disease affects most areas of your brain. Memory, thinking, judgment, language, problem-solving, personality, and movement can all be affected by the disease. There are five stages associated with Alzheimer's disease: preclinical Alzheimer's disease, mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease, mild […]