Alzheimer's Prevention Treatments Ames IA

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Zearing Medical Clinic
(641) 487-7779
101 West Main
Zearing, IA
Specialty
Rural Health Clinic

Homeward
(515) 232-4663
1606 S Duff Suite 400
Ames, IA
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Mary Greeley Hospital-Snf
(515) 239-2011
1111 Duff Avenue
Ames, IA
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Ernest Ajax
(515) 239-4775
1015 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialty
Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

The Abington On Grand
(515) 232-3426
3440 Grand Avenue
Ames, IA
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

David Moore
(515) 239-4475
1215 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialty
Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

Riverside Manor
(515) 233-2903
1204 South 4th Street
Ames, IA
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Jack Dodd
1111 Duff Ave
Ames, IA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Homeward Hospice
(515) 956-6000
1606 South Duff Suite 400
Ames, IA
Specialty
Hospices

Qualicare Home Health Care
(515) 233-0210
1107 Airport Road
Ames, IA
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Avoiding Alzheimer's

The statistics associated with Alzheimer’s disease are staggering:
Over 5 million Americans currently have it, a number that may balloon to 16 million
by 2050. Amid the facts and figures lies the heartbreak of families who helplessly
watch loved ones slip into a shadowland where spouses, children and grandchildren
no longer have names. Science hasn’t completely mapped the biochemical changes
responsible for this thief of selfhood. But we do know that a healthy lifestyle,
including brain-protective nutrition, can give you a fighting chance against it.

By Lisa James

September 2008

 It started when Emily Balfour’s dad, Bob, could no longer handle the math required for his job as a construction project manager. “At one point his boss noticed something was wrong, so they had him do less intensive tasks at work and he struggled with them,” says the 22-year-old from Alpharetta, Georgia. Two years after signs first appeared, the elder Balfour was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in February 2007—at age 53.

The Balfour family is no stranger to Alzheimer’s; Emily’s grandmother died of it and her uncle, David, was diagnosed about the same time as her father. “He just became so quiet and distant,” she recalls about her uncle, “and would become confused if you asked about something that happened two months prior.” Early-onset Alzheimer’s, which tends to appear among people in their fifties, often runs in families. This puts Emily, a student at Georgia’s Valdosta State University, at a higher risk than most of her classmates. “I’m not too worried about it right now,” she says.

For people like Emily Balfour, the search for an Alzheimer’s cure takes on personal meaning. Eventually, though, advancing age means that Alzheimer’s disease can catch up with anyone; more than 90% of those afflicted show symptoms after age 65. “Advanced age is the strongest risk factor for Alzheimer’s,” says Marwan Sabbagh, MD, geriatric neurologist, founder of Sun Health Research Institute’s Cleo Roberts Center for Clinical Research in Sun City, Arizona and author of The Alzheimer’s Answer (Wiley). If preventative measures—especially the widespread adoption of healthy habits—aren’t taken soon, “one in every eight baby boomers is destined to get it. That’s 8 to 10 million people,” Sabbagh warns. “This could be one of the diseases that swallow up whole budgets.”

It is important to note that Alzheimer’s is not inevitable: “There are people who go to their graves who are fine from a cognitive standpoint,” Sabbagh says. Some memory loss occurs as part of the aging process, but when it becomes “extensive or is starting to impact your daily life, that’s when you know it has moved past being benign."

Missing Neurons

Alzheimer’s disrupts brain function by killing neurons—the brain itself actually shrinks. Plaques consisting of beta-amyloid, a protein processing byproduct, accumulate outside the cells, while neurofibrillary tangles form within...

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