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The Role of Amyloids in Seniors with Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s is a progressive, chronic disease that alters memory and causes disorientation, mood swings, language difficulties, and behavioral issues in aging adults. Amyloid deposits in the brain have been identified as one of the main causes of AD in seniors, and the trusted staff at Orlando Home Care Assistance is here to explain the link between the disease and these proteins.

Amyloid Plaques

Amyloid is a natural protein fragment that is found throughout the body. For unknown reasons, this protein divides and clumps together, creating sticky beta amyloids that are toxic to the neurons in the brain. The accumulation of amyloid plaques between the nerve cells of the brain is an indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.

Amyloids in the Brain

It is normal for aging adults to have some amyloid plaque in their brain tissue, but seniors with Alzheimer’s show more beta-amyloid protein in certain regions of the brain. Beta-amyloid protein pieces clump together and tangle causing the plaque to build up around the nerve cells and block cell-to-cell signals. This destroys the normal transport system of the brain and causes cell death and tissue loss inside the brain of AD patients.

Development of Amyloids

A healthy brain has the ability to break down protein fragments and eliminate them before the toxic protein beta-amyloid can build up. If the brain isn’t healthy, it is incapable of breaking down the protein fragments that eventually form plaques. The formation of these plaques and the subsequent neurofibrillary tangles are believed to be a contributing factor to Alzheimer’s disease. The death of the cells causes a disruption in the mental pattern of seniors who are displaying symptoms of AD.

Seniors with Alzheimer’s face many challenges, but receiving top-quality care shouldn’t be one of them. If your loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and could use some extra care and assistance, turn to the empathetic staff at Home Care Assistance. We provide quality Alzheimer’s home care for seniors in Orlando. We use our proprietary Cognitive Therapeutics Method to mentally engage and stimulate your senior loved one, and we can offer additional assistance with meal preparation, medication reminders, housekeeping, doctor appointments, and prescription pick-up. Call a Care Manager today at 407.232.7155 to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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