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Cacique Caribe17 Feb 2018 8:14 a.m. PST


I don't have any blood relatives with the disease, even though my familial lifespan averages above 90 years, but I've seen the emotional and financial devastation this has brought to friends.

It is a cruel disease that slowly robs its victims of their memories and personality, long before taking away their life.

Alzheimer's research is one of the charities we contribute to on a regular basis. I'd encourage those who able to to also join the fight:


PS. Interesting comparison to brain plaque buildup in Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), also known as "human" mad-cow disease, which is caused by another protein (prion) that behaves like a disease.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2018 11:08 a.m. PST

My Mom died of Alzheimer's. It was sad to see her slowly loose her ability to recognize people & do simple things.

Bowman17 Feb 2018 11:52 a.m. PST

Nice article, but "communicable" is probably not the most accurate term.

"Can you CATCH Alzheimer's?" asked Britain's Daily Mail, about the "potentially explosive new study". Collinge has been careful to temper the alarm. "Our study does not mean that Alzheimer's is actually contagious," he stresses. Carers won't catch it on the job, nor family members, however close. "But it raises concern that some medical procedures could be inadvertently transferring amyloid-β seeds."

From 2 years ago:


Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian17 Feb 2018 1:20 p.m. PST

Zombies will have to be careful.

Personal logo PzGeneral Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2018 4:34 a.m. PST

My Father in Law, the nicest man I have ever known, passed away from it 2 years ago. Be lived with it for about 15 years. At first we didn't notice, but slowly the signs became more and more pronounce. So sad to watch someone die from this. In the end he was just a crippled ball, sleeping most of the day. I pray that the sufferer after a point, isn't cognoscente of what is happening…..

His illness, coupled with my Mother-In-Law's pride and arrogance drove wedges in our family that is still felt today.


Mithmee19 Feb 2018 12:21 p.m. PST

No you cannot catch Alzheimer's but if it runs in your family you are at a higher risk for it.

Key things are keeping your mind active.

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