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Maxim Healthcare Services, Inc
(860) 291-9985
111 Founders Plaza, Suite 103
East Hartford, CT
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Riverside Health & Rehabilitat
(860) 289-2791
745 Main St
East Hartford, CT
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

St Elizabeth Health Center
(860) 568-7520
51 Applegate Lane
East Hartford, CT
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Robert Dicks
(860) 545-4119
80 Seymour St
Hartford, CT
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Nora Lee
(860) 545-2884
80 Seymour St
Hartford, CT
Specialty
Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

Sterling Manor
(860) 289-9571
870 Burnside Ave
East Hartford, CT
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Ian Cameron
281 Main St
East Hartford, CT
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Nursing Services Inc
(860) 568-8881
21 High St
East Hartford, CT
Specialty
Home Health Agencies

Pankaj Gupta
80 Seymour St
Hartford, CT
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Pasquale Finelli
80 Seymour St Box 50
Hartford, CT
Specialty
Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

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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