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Can You Pass This Alzheimer’s Quiz?

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brain gamesThe statistics on Alzheimer’s disease are overwhelming with more than 5 million Americans living with the disease. One in eight older Americans has the condition, and Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. And with the growing senior citizen population, knowledge is key in identifying, understanding and coping with the disease.

Can you or a loved one pass this quiz? Pick one answer for each question.

1. Can you get Alzheimer’s if no one in your family has had it?

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.

2. What’s the most common early sign of Alzheimer’s?

a) Can’t remember new information
b) Can’t remember old information
c) Can’t remember any information

3. What is the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and ?

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

4. Can you prevent Alzheimer’s?

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 with just diet or just exercise. BOTH!

5. Do people die from Alzheimer’s?

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

6. These are all risk factors for Late Onset Alzheimer’s – which is the greatest known risk?

a) Brain injury
b) Increasing age
c) Genetics
d) Heart attack or stroke
e) Stress
f) Diet
g) Diabetes

Answer Key:

1. a 2. a 3. d 4. c 5. b 6. b

Note: The quiz was recently created by Senior Helpers, a private in-home senior care provider. Pick one answer for each question. Visit Senior Helpers online for the full quiz.

©2012 the Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Distributed by MCT Information Services

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10 Responses to “ Can You Pass This Alzheimer’s Quiz? ”

  1. Pittsburgh Senior Care on May 21, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    This is a very informative quiz.  Still, I’m so sure about your answer
    to the fourth question, “Can you prevent Alzheimer’s?”  I think that
    like any degenerative disease, its symptoms can be drastically reduced
    and the progression can be slowed to the point that it’s almost
    nonexistent.  However, this requires proactive lifestyle choices WELL
    before reaching old age.  In particular, research is showing that
    avoiding the sugar and processed foods so prevalent in the Western diet
    can absolutely help to prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer’s / dementia.

    • Ellen on July 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Yes – it can help the non-progression of the illness until the person is at a very old age

  2. Outsider on January 14, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Drinking plenty of fluids (without alcohol!) to help keep the body hydrated with adequate salt and sugar levels, and also to reduce stress and get enough quality sleep will help health.

  3. Bob d'Aigle on July 2, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    4. Can you prevent Alzheimer’s?

    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.

    “C” is a BS answer. “A” and “B” can both HELP to prevent Alzheimer’s. If “something” can help to prevent, ultimately it can prevent Alzheimer’s in certain persons. In the long run, anything in the human condition can be cured or prevented – except death (and that can be postponed!)

  4. deborah sauter on July 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Cherei and Bob, You are both mis-reading question #4. The answer says both exercise and diet together help lessen Alzheimer’s.

    • Bob Daigle on July 2, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Jenna – Believe it or not – the “C” answer was changed by the producer AFTER Cherie and I had answered question #4. Before, the “C” answer was as you saw in my response – copied verbatim. Shame on “Live In The Now” web site manager!!!!!!

    • Bob Daigle on July 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

      PS – Note the period after the “C” answer in my initial response.

  5. Jenna on July 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    I do not believe there are any studies yet that prove that diet and exercise PREVENT Alzheimer’s. I believe the correct wording would be that they reduce the RISK of Alzheimer’s.

    • Bob Daigle on July 2, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Semantics, Jenna, semantics. A rose by any other name…. :-)

      • Marilyn on July 3, 2014 at 12:09 AM

        I think the remarks made tonight were not very
        wise!!! Yes, we should watch our intake of too
        much sugar and exercise never hurt anybody
        I think we should also be using water purifying
        agents to take all the high metals out of our
        systems and brains. ADYA CLARITY is one.
        Hope I spelled it right. Keep reading and never
        stop. Gotta help yourself. Stress is one of the
        worst things in life today. Get a good night’s