- How Did Alzheimer’s Get Its Name
The name Alzheimer’s comes from a German psychiatrist named Alois Alzheimer. On November 1, 1906, the psychiatrist discover amyloid protein while examining the brain of his patient, Auguste Deter. Deter suffered memory loss, was delusional, and had no sense of place or time. He died later in 1906. This discover by Alzheimer was the first time that protein was linked to mental illness.
- Is Alzheimer’s Hereditary
The lion’s share of Alzheimer’s cases are not inherited. In fact, most dementias are not hereditary. Certain rare types of dementia, such as Early-Onset Dementia or Familial Prion Disease, may have a genetic component. Age remains the biggest risk factor for a more serious type of dementia.
- How Do I Talk to My loved One with Alzheimer’s
Talking with a loved-one suffering with Alzheimer’s can be trying. He will be easily distracted because attention and focus are very difficult for him. Speak to him one-on-one, and look him right in the eye. Never rush him. Expect to repeat words, rely on words he is familiar with and use hand gestures. Do not speak to him through another person, or correct him. Keep in mind, sometimes just being there and holding his hand is worth more than words.