Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and deteriorate with time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer’s has been associated with old age and the majority of people who suffer from this disease are of age 65 and older. This is a progressive disease that may worsen over time. In the early year the memory loss is mild but as the age progresses it becomes worse. People lose the ability to carry on conversations and it effects their day to day life.
Alzheimer’s is the sixth largest cause of death in the United States. Those who suffer from Alzheimer’s tend to live on average for seven to eight years after diagnosis. The survival of the disease then ranges from four to twenty years.
Alzheimer’s has no cure but early diagnosis and treatment for symptoms can help in slowing down the progression of the disease. It can improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide research under way to find better ways to cure this disease. Delaying the diagnosis of an early onset only makes matters worse.
Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s are most commonly mentioned as difficulty remembering newly learned information. Just like the rest of our bodies, our brain tends to age as well hence the changes. Most of us eventually notice some slowed thinking and occasional problems with remembering things. Over the time it tends to get worse and it leads to serious memory loss, confusion and other major changes in the way our mind works. The increasingly severe symptoms include: disorientation, mood and behavior changes, deepening confusion about events, time and place. Signs of dementia are extremely obvious in this disease anyone that experiences dementia-like symptoms should see a doctor as soon as possible. According to scientists Alzheimer’s diseases prevents the brain from running at the same pace it normally runs at. It prevents the cell’s factory from functioning well. They are not sure why and how the trouble starts but it tends to break down the cell factory, backup and interrupts the areas that store information. As the damage tends to spread, cells lose their ability to function and eventually fall apart causing irreversible changes in the brain.
Doctors over the years have been trying to uncover as many aspects as possible related to dementia. Ninety person of what we know has been discovered in the last 20 years. I hope the research continues and there are better treatments in the future.
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