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Have you found yourself having a “senior moment” lately? Some call it “brain fog,” or even comically refer to it as a “brain fart;” but regardless of what you call it, it is a lapse in access to memory that can frustrate us – especially if it's effecting our short-term memory.
The warm weather is finally upon us after a long and harsh Winter. While we are all eager to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, there's something important to keep in mind when it comes to our senior citizens.
For many years, researchers have known that the buildup of amyloid plaques in the brain is heavily associated with Alzheimer's Disease. These plaques are abnormal buildups of sticky, toxic proteins between neurons, causing damage to the neurons over time. Until recently, researchers did not know what caused these plaques to accumulate, only suspecting that an enzyme called beta-secretase 1 (BACE1) was the culprit.
As of 2017, there are an estimated 47 Million people in the world living with dementia. As dementia is not considered a normal part of the aging process, it is even more alarming that the number of people living with the disease is expected to triple by the year 2050. It is a concern for all people, so it's important to understand what it is and how it is diagnosed.
Melva Sherwood, RN