Is Alzheimer's disease hereditary and can a person stop it?
Diet helps a lot, and keep active! You need to eat foods with a lot of antioxidants, such as blueberries, greens, etc. A vegan diet helps because it incorporates many antioxidant foods, but you don't need to go completely vegan to reap the rewards. Prevention is a big thing... if you take care of yourself early enough, dementia won't be too big of a looming possibility.
Can people with alzheimer's express memories from their subconscious without being aware they remember?
Unfortunately there is a great deal of Alzheimer's in my family. Research is still being done on exactly what happens to the brain of an Alzheimer's victim. Recently scientists see that the disorder appears to be the accumulation of a proteins, in the form of plaques, or clumps of fibers, in the brain’s gray matter. These proteins get tangled with neurons and cause shrinkage over time but it is not yet known to how much shrinkage occurs.
Definitely Alzheimer's victims have subconscious thoughts that the brain recollects. A memory can be drawn in a picture or maybe they will sing a song that has something to do with the memory or they may just start talking about something that happened many years ago as if it was happening now.
How can doctors tell an Alzheimer's patient suffered a stroke, and estimate the time?
My father has Alzheimers and also suffered a few mild strokes. I will tell you what his doctor told us.
They can tell when a person has a stoke because a stroke damages the brain tissue. The areas of the brain affected by the stroke will show up on their equipment differently than the rest of the brain. With my dad they showed up as brighter white spots with dark areas near them (thats the now dead part of the brain)
Just like when you break a bone a stroke will leave scar tissue. (the damaged areas of the brain) The doctors can tell you basically when you broke a bone even if it happened as a child. Same thing with a stroke and the damage it caused. They can look at the tissues and see how much rewiring around the areas has happened, they know how fast the parts of the brain heal or rewire, so they can pinpoint when a stroke happened. The closer to the occurance time the better the "when it happened" diagnosis. Thats why the difference between 5 days and 5 or 6 years. People can have small strokes that effect them at the time, but they can recover from those. However those strokes should be seen as warning signs and be followed up by a doctors exam and monitoring.
My grandmother was diagnosed with it a couple years ago. It really depends a lot on what stage they're in. Most of them start to lose their short term memory first- especially if they don't know you very well they probably won't remember you if you don't speak with them frequently.
If they do remember you don't be suprised if they talk about the same things or answer the same questions over and over. A lot of the patients who don't have it quite extensively will remember things from their past very well.
Just talk to them. Answer question- and don't be afraid to ask your own questions. They might not know the answer but make them feel comfortable about it. Don't get frustrated with them. They'll probably enjoy just being around someone who genuinely cares.
I am not a doctor but my parents are so I will try to answer your question as well as I can. Alzheimer`s, contrary to what many people think does not affect only elder people but its signs and the illness is discovered at old age. As you probably know it is not a fast progressive illness but rather one that you don`t even notice because it affects an individual gradually at a very slow rate. In very simple term slowly the body shuts down. The cause of this illness as far as I know is yet to be determined but it causes the body to "degrade". The first signs are forgetfulness and at the end the body just shuts down. There is nothing you or anyone else for that matter could have done except try to make her as comfortable as possible. I am very sorry for your loss and I hope I`ve been of some help. If you need more information or would just like to talk please feel free to contact me.