What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of Dementia in older people. It is the most common type of Dementia. Consequently, causing problems with memory, thinking and behaviour. Further, it is a progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functioning. Under this condition, abnormal proteins cause the brain cells to die.

There is no cure or treatment that stops or slows down its progression. Additionally, this condition is a very common form of disability, especially in the elderly. As a result, the patients need constant care and attention. Also, the effects of this condition range from forgetfulness to a complete loss of memory. Often, people cease to recognise even their own family members.

Alzheimer's
Source: The Odyssey Online

 Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

-Memory loss

-Agitation and mood swings

-Impaired judgement

-Difficulty with familiar tasks

-Trouble planning

-Misplacing things

-Difficulty in communication

-Repetitive speech or actions

-Loss of initiative motivation

Alzheimer's
Source: Pasqual Maragall Foundation

Diagnosis and Treatment

The diagnosis can be done by a complete medical assessment. Additionally, it should be done as early as possible, since it increases the chances of benefiting from the treatment and to plan for the future.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s.  However, drugs and therapy can help with cognitive and behavioural symptoms. Further, a treatment plan must be selected according to the patient’s age, health, medical history and how the therapy will work for their lifestyle.

Facts

The Alzheimers Association states that it is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Without any methods of preventing, curing or slowing it down.

Alzheimer's
Source: BOC Sciences

-Women are at the higher risk than men.

-According to National Institute on Ageing (NIA), you have a lower risk of having Alzheimer’s if you keep your brain active in old age.

-It affects 40 million people worldwide and by 2050 it will affect 150 million people.

-Currently, it is one of the most expensive diseases and the cost is projected to increase fivefold by 2050.

Conclusion

Alzheimer’s is not the normal part of ageing, in fact, there are many people suffering from it irrespective of their age. Most don’t even know about it because of lack of awareness. Since, it is a condition that affects your brain which needs immediate medical attention. It’s therefore very important to gain as much knowledge as possible and recognise the signs of early onset. Most importantly, since it is very common in the elderly, it is required that one understands the requirements and limitations of suffering from it.

Alzheimer's
Source: Alzheimer’s Disease International

 

Edited by Preetika Dubey 

Ashi Bajpai

Content writer

19, Gallivanter, Belives in equity and not equality. Love humans, Food, Allegories and Dogs. Currently pursuing BBA from BSSS. Believe in yourself and BE YOU. The world will adjust.

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