Alzheimer’s Disease Affects Families
Every 70 seconds, another American family is affected by Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is a complex neurological disease that is the most common form of dementia. More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s and more than 10 million are caring for a loved one with the disease.
Some change in memory is normal as we grow older, but the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are more than simple lapses in memory.
People with Alzheimer’s experience difficulties communicating, learning, thinking and reasoning – problems severe enough to have an impact on an individual’s work, social activities and family life.
There’s no clear-cut line between normal changes and warning signs. It’s always a good idea to check with a doctor if a person’s level of function seems to be changing. The Alzheimer’s Association believes that it is critical for people diagnosed with dementia and their families to receive information, care and support as early as possible.
A slow starvation of the brain over time is one of the major triggers of the biochemistry that causes some forms of Alzheimer’s, according to a new study that is helping to crack the mystery of the disease’s origin.
Although Chiropractic cannot “cure” Alzheimer’s there is research that supports that Chiropractic can help prevent and slow the diseases’ progression. Robert Vassar of Northwestern University recently found that when the brain doesn’t get enough glucose, a process is launched that ultimately produces the sticky clumps of protein that appear to be a cause of Alzheimer’s. The brain can become deprived of adequate nutrients when its blood flow becomes restricted.
Regular Chiropractic care can clear subluxations that can improve cognitive function by increasing circulation to the brain which would increase Glucose to the brain tissue which is what some researchers believe is the true initiating cause of the disease process in the first place. Subluxations in the cervical spine can create a decrease in the mobility of the cervical spine which can lead to a progressive condition of disc degeneration and calcium deposit proliferation. This leads to interference with nerve function and probable cervical blood flow, possibly as well as arterial blood flow to the brain.
As we honor our loved ones this November, Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we would like to encourage you to take this opportunity to arm yourself with the best information on Alzheimer’s disease. A better understanding of the disease can prepare you for the road ahead.