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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE – A NEW APPROACH

  •   Here is another view of how  massive cell loss changes the whole brain in advanced Alzheimer’s disease. This slide shows a crosswise “slice” through the middle of the brain between the ears.
  •             In the Alzheimer brain :
  • The cortex shrivels up, damaging
  •      areas  involved in thinking, planning and
  •       remembering.
  • Shrinkage is especially severe in the
  •       hippocampus, an area of the cortex that
  •       plays a key role in formation of new
  •       memories.

 

  • In mild to moderate stages, brain regions important in memory, thinking and planning develop more plaques and tangles than were present in early stages.
  • As a result, individuals develop
  •     problems with memory or thinking
  •     serious enough to interfere with work
  •     or social life. They may also get confused
  •     and have trouble handling money,
  •     expressing themselves and organizing
  •     their thoughts. Many people with Alzheimer’s are first diagnosed in these stages.
  • Plaques and tangles also spread to areas involved in:
  • Speaking and understanding speech
  • Your sense of where your body is in relation to objects around
  •      you .

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