Dr. Soyona Rafatjah

Alzheimer's Medications
Alzheimer’s Medications: Drugs to Slow Memory Loss

Alzheimer’s Disease affects more than 5 million people living in the United States. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. There is currently no cure, but Alzheimer’s medications attempt to slow memory loss in some cases. It can feel overwhelming if you or a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.  Most medications give Alzheimer’s…

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what causes alzheimer's
What is the Cause of Alzheimer’s? Aging, Genetics, and Other Causes

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and degenerative brain disorder. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, most current researchers do not cite any single cause of this debilitating illness.  Most modern research suggests Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a combination of age, genetics, family history, and other risk factors (including lifestyle, overall health, brain injury, heart health,…

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how is Alzheimer’s diagnosed
How is Alzheimer’s diagnosed? [Blood Tests, MRI, PET & More]

Alzheimer’s is diagnosed by going through a medical history, ruling out other possible causes that could explain your dementia-like symptoms, administering imaging tests, and looking for biomarkers that indicate the progression of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease is a serious neurodegenerative condition that is the result of chronic inflammation that leads to tau tangles and beta-amyloid plaque…

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is alzheimer's genetic
Is Alzheimer’s genetic or hereditary? Here’s what we know.

Alzheimer’s disease is not completely genetic or hereditary. In very rare cases, a specific gene can directly lead to Alzheimer’s. In more common cases, having a first-degree family member with Alzheimer’s increases your risk but does not guarantee you will develop Alzheimer’s. Being older than 65 is the most common non-genetic risk factor for developing…

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stages of dementia
The 7 Stages of Dementia in Alzheimer’s Disease

When someone is living with Alzheimer’s, they go through different stages of dementia symptoms. Below, we discuss the 7 stages categorized by psychiatry professor and researcher Dr. Barry Reisberg. Want to prevent Alzheimer’s using a plan that works… without breaking the bank? Get our guide to the Bredesen Protocol on a budget for $29. What…

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Alzheimer's Facts
Alzheimer’s Disease Facts & Statistics [Plus Prevention Tips]

If you or a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, or is concerned about cognitive decline, it can be helpful to look at Alzheimer’s statistics and facts that clarify the situation. Alzheimer’s can be a scary disease. But understanding the facts about this condition can give you confidence in how to move forward as…

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shared medical appointments
Shared Medical Appointments: Benefits, Costs, and More

Shared medical appointments aim to solve the major issues in westernized medicine. The 3 main problems with the healthcare system in the United States are: Chronically lousy health in the US has been thrown into the spotlight during the COVID-19 pandemic. Americans spend more on healthcare than people of any other nation, yet we’re the…

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Signs of Dementia
10 Early Signs & Symptoms of Dementia

It’s important to look for the 10 early signs and symptoms of dementia in family members and other older adults. Spotting early symptoms may lead to an early diagnosis of dementia and increased quality of life thereafter. According to the National Institute on Aging, the most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s affects…

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Dementia vs. Alzheimer's
Dementia vs Alzheimer’s: 5 Life-changing – Differences, Treatments, Prevention you should know!

The difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be.  Dementia is a group of symptoms that describes a progressive form of memory and skills decline. Alzheimer’s is a specific disease in your brain that causes dementia symptoms. Dementia is not the same thing as preclinical Alzheimer’s, subjective cognitive impairment…

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