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Alzheimer’s is becoming a nationwide epidemic, but people still have many questions about the disease. Regency Home Care of North Atlanta has compiled some of the top frequently asked questions about Alzheimer’s disease to help provide you with some answers.

What causes Alzheimer’s disease?

  • Scientists don’t yet fully understand what causes Alzheimer’s disease. However, chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, diet, exercise, and social engagement may play a role in whether or not a person develops Alzheimer’s.

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

  • Dementia is the symptom and Alzheimer’s is the cause of the symptom. In other words, one can have dementia without it being Alzheimer’s disease, such as the dementia associated with a head injury, Parkinson’s, a stroke or vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia or Lewy body disease. Some causes of dementia may be reversible, but most are degenerative and will worsen over time.

How is Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed?

  • Currently, only an autopsy can definitively confirm the presence of Alzheimer’s disease. However, physicians can correctly diagnose Alzheimer’s disease about 90 percent of the time based on mental and behavioral symptoms, a physical examination, blood tests, urinalysis and neuropsychological tests.

Are there treatments available for Alzheimer’s disease?

  • There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but there are medications that can help to control some symptoms such as depression, aggression or hallucinations. Some medications, however, may react badly with other Alzheimer’s medicines as well as worsen other symptoms of the disease. It is important to discuss the best medications and plan of care with your or your loved one’s doctor. Additionally, many Alzheimer’s symptoms are caused by non-medical triggers which can often be managed without the use of medications. If the trigger can be identified, the environment can be modified to change the behavior.

If you have a loved one whom you think may have Alzheimer’s, make a list of questions to discuss with his or her physician in order to create a plan for future care. Dementia care Atlanta experts, Regency Home Care, employ caregivers that are specially trained to care for the different stages of Alzheimer’s and to help create a calm, soothing environment for the client. Contact us today to learn more about our Alzheimer’s care services.