Alzheimer's Prevention Treatments Phoenixville PA

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Tender Touch Healthcare
(610) 942-4566
687 Compass Road
Honey Brook, PA
Specialty
Rural Health Clinic

Freedom Village at Brandywine
(610) 383-5100
15 Freedom Blvd
Coatesville, PA
Services
Assisted Living Facility, Nursing Home Services, Alz/Dementia Support

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Eric Van Ostrand
1260 Valley Forge Rd
Phoenixville, PA
Specialty
Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

Phoenixville Hosp Of U/Of/Pa Transitio
(610) 983-1000
140 Nutt Road Po Box 809
Phoenixville, PA
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Isabelle Arndt
(610) 458-0634
4 Wyndemere Lake Dr
Chester Sprgs, PA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Clare Bridge of Montgomery
(215) 540-0520
1089 Horsham Rd
North Wales, PA
Services
Alz/Dementia Support

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Beverly Healthcare - Phoenix
(610) 933-5867
833 South Main Street
Phoenixville, PA
Specialty
Skilled Nursing Facilities

Louise Sonnenberg
(610) 933-7749
45 Ridge Rd
Phoenixville, PA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

A Monheit
80 Diamond Rock Rd
Phoenixville, PA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Mary Siegel
Rr 1
Spring City, PA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

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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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