Alzheimer's Prevention Treatments Union NJ

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Brighton Gardens of Mountainside
(908) 654-4460
1350 Route 22 W
Mountainside, NJ
Services
Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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The Chelsea at Fanwood
(908) 654-5200
295 South Ave
Fanwood, NJ
Services
Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Brighton Gardens of Edison
(732) 767-1031
1801 Oak Tree Rd
Edison, NJ
Services
Assisted Living Facility, Nursing Home Services, Alz/Dementia Support

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Syed Jalal
(908) 686-3262
2333 Morris Ave Ste C9
Union, NJ
Specialty
Neurology, Alzheimer's Specialist

Michael Rubin
2054 Stanley Ter
Union, NJ
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Brighton Gardens of West Orange
(973) 731-9840
220 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ
Services
Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Brighton Gardens of Florham Park
(973) 966-8999
21 Ridgedale Ave
Florham Park, NJ
Services
Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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The Chelsea at Montville
(973) 402-1100
165 Changebridge Rd
Montville, NJ
Services
Assisted Living Facility, Alz/Dementia Support

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Miriam Raport
2332 Morris Ave
Union, NJ
Specialty
Geriatric Internal Medicine, Alzheimer's Specialist

Rafiya Khakoo
(908) 687-0810
2333 Morris Ave Ste C9
Union, NJ
Specialty
Neurology, 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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