Posted on May 01, 2012 | Comments (1)
It may hit you and your siblings when you visit Mom this Mother’s Day. She’s not as sharp as she used to be - very forgetful and confused. Is it just old age or Alzheimer’s? You don’t have a clue and you’re not alone.
Half of all Americans know someone with Alzheimer’s, the deadly disease that affects five million of us - more women than men. Yet just in time for Mother’s Day - in a recent Senior Helpers National Alzheimer’s Quiz taken by more than one thousand Americans, 67% or 2/3 failed (they got fewer than 60% of the questions correct)!
That’s why Senior Helpers, one of our nation’s largest providers of in-home senior care, has launched Senior Gems, a FREE and revolutionary Alzheimer’s education program that assigns each stage of the disease to a gem, like a diamond or ruby, and gives step-by-step instruction so people can navigate every mood and movement of a loved one who is coping with the disease.
Please read more about the Senior Gems program where you can get a free DVD that walks you through every step of caring for someone with the deadly disease.
Check out the quiz below and see how your knowledge stacks up!
1. Alzheimer’s only affects memory skills (Pick one)
a) True, other parts of the brain are not damaged by Alzheimer’s
b) False, it affects memory and language skills
c) True, it spreads through the memory center, eventually keeping if from working at all
d) False, it affects memory, language, vision, sensation & motor skills, and decision making ability
2. Can you get Alzheimer’s if no one in your family has/had it? (Pick one)
a) Yes – Anyone can develop the disease.
b) No – Alzheimer’s is purely genetic.
c) No – a family member on your mother’s side must have had Alzheimer’s to put you at risk of developing it.
3. What’s the most common ‘early’ sign of Alzheimer’s disease? (Pick one)
a) Can’t remember NEW information
b) Can’t remember OLD information
c) Can’t remember ANY information
4. At what age is your working memory the sharpest and fastest it will ever be? ( Pick one)
a) 10-14 years old
b) 2-10 years old
c) 30-35 years old
d) 14-18 years old
e) 35-45 years old
f) 26-30 years old
g) Late teens to early 20s
h) 45-50 years old
5. What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia? (Pick one)
a) Alzheimer’s is progressive (gets worse with time) but dementia is not
b) Dementia is not as serious as Alzheimer’s, it just affects memory
c) They are actually the same thing, just different names
d) Dementia is a general category and Alzheimer’s is a specific type of brain failure
e) Alzheimer’s is treatable, but dementia is not
6. Can you prevent Alzheimer’s? (Pick one)
a) Yes –You can prevent Alzheimer’s with a healthy diet.
b) Yes - You can prevent Alzheimer’s with brain exercises.
c) No – you cannot prevent Alzheimer’s.
7. Do people die from Alzheimer’s? (Pick one)
a) No – those with Alzheimer’s usually die from other causes.
b) Yes – Alzheimer’s is ultimately a fatal disease.
c) No – Alzheimer’s is memory-impairment disease, not life-threatening in almost all cases
8. These are all risk factors for Late Onset Alzheimer’s – which is the greatest known risk? (Pick one)
a) Brain injury
b) Increasing age
d) Heart attack or stroke
9. Alzheimer’s is a natural stage of aging ( Pick one)
a) True – All seniors eventually get Alzheimer’s
b) False – If you lead a healthy and active lifestyle, you won’t get Alzheimer’s.
c) False – Alzheimer’s is not a natural stage of aging.
10. At age 85, your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease is closest to:
11. Which of the following is NOT true about dementia? (Pick one)
a) It is terminal
b) It is progressive (gets worse with time)
c) There is no known cure
d) There are more than 80 causes, types, and forms
e) It always results in the person becoming angry and dangerous in the later stages
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