Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia

Definition:

A progressive mental deterioration that can occur in middle or old age, due to generalized brain degeneration.  Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common cause of premature senility.

A patient with Alzheimer’s suffers from memory loss and is at risk for developing dementia.

 

Prevention:

Alzheimer’s is caused by environmental and/or genetic factors.

 

Links to Authorities:

Delaware Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association
Delaware Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative

 

Vaccinations:
  • The CDC recommends all adults get a seasonal flu vaccine every year.
  • A tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap or Td) booster is recommended every 10 years.
  • A shingles vaccine is recommended for those over 60 years old.
  • A pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for those 65 years and older.
  • Medicines and vaccinations must be monitored carefully in Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients to insure they are taking their medications on time and not doubling up.