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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Please Read This First ................................................................................................................... 2

Terms of Use.............................................................................................................................................................2

1. Alzheimer's Disease - An Overview ......................................................................................... 6

Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease ..........................................................................................................................6

How does Alzheimer's Affect Brain Functioning? .............................................................................................7

Treatment Options ..................................................................................................................................................7

2. What is Alzheimer's Disease?................................................................................................... 9

Common Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease .........................................................................................................9

3. What Causes Alzheimer's Disease?........................................................................................ 11

4. Are You at Risk of Getting Alzheimer's Disease? ................................................................ 14

Alzheimer’s Risk Factors: .................................................................................................................................14

5. Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease ........................................................................ 17

POSSIBLE Indicators of Alzheimer’s Disease....................................................................................................17

Early Symptoms .................................................................................................................................................17

Developing Symptoms ........................................................................................................................................17

Serious Symptoms ..............................................................................................................................................18

6. Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease........................................................................... 21

7. The Stages of Alzheimer's Disease ......................................................................................... 23

8. What to Expect When Someone has Alzheimer's Disease? ................................................. 25

9. Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease ............................................................................................. 27

Genes Affecting Alzheimer's Disease ...................................................................................................................27

How to Detect ApoE...........................................................................................................................................28

10. Estrogen and Alzheimer's Disease ....................................................................................... 29

Estrogen or Hormone Replacement Therapy ...................................................................................................29

Extent of the Effect of Estrogen on Alzheimer’s Disease.................................................................................30

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11. Importance of Early Diagnosis for Alzheimer's Disease.................................................... 31

Importance of Proper Diagnosis...........................................................................................................................31

Necessity for Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease .....................................................................................32

12. Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease ........................................................................................... 34

Factors Affecting the Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease..................................................................................35

13. Diagnostic Tests for Alzheimer's Disease ............................................................................ 38

14. Clinical Features of Alzheimer's Disease............................................................................. 40

Clinical features of Alzheimer’s Disease..............................................................................................................40

15. Patho-physiology of Alzheimer's Disease ............................................................................ 43

Pathophysiology .................................................................................................................................................43

Effects of Pathophysiological Changes.............................................................................................................44

16. Is Alzheimer's Disease Curable? .......................................................................................... 45

Available Treatments ............................................................................................................................................45

17. Treating an Alzheimer's Patient .......................................................................................... 47

Treatment Options ................................................................................................................................................47

18. Pharmacologic Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease ............................................................. 49

Effective Pharmacologic Treatments ...................................................................................................................49

19. Does Gingko Biloba Treat Alzheimer's Disease?................................................................ 52

20. A New Ray of Hope for Alzheimer's Treatment................................................................. 53

New Treatment Options ........................................................................................................................................53

21. What Type of Care is the Best for an Alzheimer's Patient?.............................................. 56

22. Ten Easy Ways to Delay the Onset of Alzheimer's Disease ............................................... 58

23. Five Steps to Preventing Alzheimer's Disease..................................................................... 60

24. Communication, Challenges and Gifts for an Alzheimer's Patient .................................. 61

Initial Stages...........................................................................................................................................................61

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Communication Techniques..............................................................................................................................61

Later Stages Of Alzheimer’s Disease ...................................................................................................................62

Advanced or Last Stages ....................................................................................................................................63

25. Ten Practical Tips for Alzheimer Caregivers ..................................................................... 64

26. How to Communicate Effectively with an Alzheimer's Patient ........................................ 67

27. How to Drive Safely with Alzheimer’s Disease ................................................................... 68

If they are going to drive …. .................................................................................................................................68

28. How to Manage Agitation Behavior in an Alzheimer's Patient ........................................ 70

Common Agitation Characteristics......................................................................................................................70

Techniques for Managing Agitation in Alzheimer’s Patients ............................................................................70

29. Marriage, Intimacy and Alzheimer's................................................................................... 73

Effect of Alzheimer’s Disease on Intimacy-Related Issues.................................................................................73

Marriage and Alzheimer’s Disease ......................................................................................................................73

Effective Solutions .................................................................................................................................................74

30. Incontinence and Alzheimer's Disease................................................................................. 76

Dealing with Incontinence in Alzheimer’s ...........................................................................................................76

31. Alzheimer's Care Giving While Maintaining Your Own Health...................................... 78

What is Caregiver Burnout?.................................................................................................................................78

32. Caring for a Person in the Final Stage of Alzheimer's Disease ......................................... 80

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