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The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease in Charlton Heston began with this.

Charlton Heston was a starring man in Hollywood for more than six decades and appeared in more than one hundred films throughout that time. He spent his whole life in the public glare. When the actor who is best known for classics like Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments announced in 2002 through a videotaped message shared with reporters that he was experiencing “symptoms consistent with Alzheimer’s disease,” he made it clear that he wasn’t going to let it slow him down. He won an Academy Award for best actor for his performance in Ben-Hur, and he also won the Oscar for best actor for The Ten Commandments. Within the context of the statement, he made, “The loss of an actor’s audience is the single most devastating thing that can happen to an actor. I can part the Red Sea, but I can’t part with you, which is why I won’t exclude you from this stage in my life. I can do anything else, but I can’t do anything without you. For the time being, I won’t be making any changes. When I can, I will insist on working, but when it is necessary, the physicians will insist that I rest.” Heston passed away in his Beverly Hills home in 2008 at the age of 84 years old. Despite his passing, he is still remembered as a Hollywood legend. Continue reading to find out what he experienced first, and don’t miss these sure signs that you’ve already had COVID to protect your health and the health of others around you.

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In the statement that the Oscar winner gave to the press before it was videotaped, he made a passing reference to memory loss. “You’ll know why if you notice a bit less pep in my stride or if your name doesn’t immediately come to mind when I think of someone. And even if I tell you the same humorous story again, I want you to laugh at least once each time.”

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According to Dr. Theodore Strange, Chair of Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, who shared his insights with us, “Plaques and neurofibrillary tangles of tau proteins are what causes Alzheimer’s disease, which is characterized by a progressive decline in the number of neurons present in the brain. Memory loss associated with aging and Alzheimer’s disease is oftentimes difficult to distinguish from one another and frequently overlaps. Memory loss brought on by old age typically begins between the ages of 60 and 65 and is both natural and expected. Memory impairment is one of the symptoms of dementia, but it is not the only one. Patients who suffer from dementia, the most prevalent form of which is Alzheimer’s disease, may also have difficulties with language abilities, visual perception, and/or paying attention. Alterations of personality are another possibility. Hearing loss, depression, and other prevalent medical conditions like diabetes should all be checked for in people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or memory loss that may be the beginning stages of the disease.”

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Dr. Strange is quoted as saying, “Continuing to work and being engaged to stimulate the cognitive process is always a positive thing as long as there are no safety risks for the patient that is affected or in the work that is being done.”

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Dr. Strange explains in further detail: “Alzheimer’s disease often manifests with the following four “A” symptoms: amnesia, aphasia, apraxia, and agnosia. Memory loss that interferes with daily life is a typical symptom, and it should alarm family members as well as physicians that this may be the beginning of Alzheimer’s disease or the disease’s progression. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease; however, there are treatments available for the early stages of the condition that may help reduce the disease’s course. Aricept and Namenda are two examples of medications that might be helpful in this situation.”

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According to Dr. Strange, some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include a loss of memory of recent events, confusion, trouble thinking, forgetfulness, difficulty concentrating, disorientation, and a personality change.

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It has been said by Dr. Strange that “Those who are above the age of 65 and have a history of Alzheimer’s disease in their family are at the greatest risk. Age is a factor that contributes to an increased risk, as does having a diagnosis of down syndrome or a history of head trauma in patients. Patients with a history of head trauma are also at an elevated risk. Eating a good diet, challenging one’s brain with activities such as lifelong learning, and engaging in regular physical activity and exercise are all proven methods for warding off Alzheimer’s disease.”

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