My father died on 8 February 2012. That was the day his heart stopped beating.
But actually my father had died years earlier. It started with slight forgetfulness, and over time his memory failed more often and more often, and it came to the point where he no longer recognized his own children.
His personality changed and he could no longer take care of himself.
And… If you could make a list of everything that could happen to you, then the last on your list, at the very bottom, what you least want are Alzheimer’s disease, because if you lose your memory, you lose everything. You lose everyone you ever loved.
If you look at the brain of someone with that disease, you see that there are crazy structures between the brain cells. Beta-amyloid protein is derived from the cells and it piles into small meatball-like structures like this one here, on a microscopic plate.
They shouldn’t be there and they are a characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. This disease affects nearly half of Americans in their mid-80s. You could tell your doctor: “Okay, I don’t want that. What can I do to stop it?”.
Your doctor will say, “Well, it’s aging and genes.” There is a gene – the APOE- [epsilon] 4 allele. If you inherited this gene from a parent, your risk tripled. If you inherited it from both parents, your risk is 10 to 15 times higher. What is the solution? Take new parents?Learn more in the video!