What we know for sure (Posted late on 05/24 from 05/22)

According to http://www.additudemag.com/q&a/ask_the_add_medical_expert/7265.html most likely also posted in 2011, it is stated that ADD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) cannot cause Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia, but that is still not the question that I want answered now is it? However, I will relate the information posted on that site for anyone that may want this question answered.
The way it was explained is that ADD (or even ADHD) is an issues that has to do with the chemical dynamics of dopamine and norepinephrine levels. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is responsible for movement and mood regulation. Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter that is associated with a person’s ability to respond to stress; otherwise referred to as the “fight or flight” response. These chemicals release with the brain’s synapses.
If a person develops Alzheimer’s disease, it means that their brain’s wiring has been destroyed by thick goo that builds up on the neurons.
So, why then, do elders flit from one thing to another? I never really thought that ADD or ADHD would cause Alzheimer’s or Dementia, but now I really need to find out why some of my seniors cannot focus for more than 10 seconds at a time. I think the question I am seeking an answer to is if ADD is a result of Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia. What do you think; does anyone truly know? I have to find out in order to show my clients that With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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