What Caregivers, Family, and Friends Need to Know About Alzheimer's Disease

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    Below is Janaan's story of her life as a caregiver to her husband Carl: I was never interested in Alzheimer’s disease. I knew it was out there messing up people’s lives, but no one I knew had been diagnosed with it. Now Carl has the disease, and it is forcing both of us, especially me, to do what we can to make a difference in what happens about the disease in the future. During our active professional lives, we wrote articles, columns, and books. We lectured extensively throughout the...Read More
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    Dr. Roger Brumback, professor of Pathology, Psychiatry, and Neurology and an expert in Alzheimer's disease, answers questions about Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Q: Doesn’t everyone get senile as they get older? A: There is a great myth in that all older people normally lose their thinking and reasoning abilities and become “senile.” The cut off time seems to be 65 years of age—after that age, the brain just can’t work right any more. Some investigators, who looked under...Read More
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    Dementia is a medical problem characterized by the progressive loss of intellectual and cognitive abilities sufficient to result in impaired social and work functioning. Although the term dementia is usually applied to elderly people, dementia can also occur in younger adults. Dementia is not really a disease, but is a symptom of something going wrong in the brain. In other words, dementia is what you witness in the patient’s behavior, but what is happening in the brain is the disease causing...Read More

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Roger Brumback

Dr. Roger A. Brumback is a Professor of Pathology and Psychiatry and the Chairman of the Department of Pathology at the Creighton University School of Medicine.

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