What Is Alzheimers Disease
How to watch out for the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and know how to cope with it.
Alzheimer's Disease is a brain disorder that affects the elderly. Alzheimer's is not a natural effect of aging. It is the fourth-leading cause of death among American adults after major diseases like heart disease, cancer and stroke. Alzheimer's is a form of dementia or mind-depriving illness. It is the most common type of primary dementia. This means that it is caused by pathological changes in the brain cells or cerebral vessels.
Alzheimer's claims victims above the age of 60. By the age of 80 to 85, Alzheimer's would have claimed up to 25% of the brain.
Alzheimer's disease is characterized by loss of memory and concentration. Slowly, the person begins to experience biological depression. The chemical imbalances in the brain create emotional disturbances for him.
There is no known cure yet for Alzheimer's disease. Coping with Alzheimer's involves helping the patient and the family cope with the illness and make the patient's life as comfortable as possible until the end. Alzheimer's patients are prone to accidents and infection. If they have had accidents, they are most likely to lose their mobility as old bones don't mend well. In the later stages, their biological disturbances can expose them to delirium. At this stage, they need nursing care around the clock. It is sad to see loved ones degenerate back to the stage of babies. The family needs to make preparations and modifications in their lifestyles to evolve around the care of an Alzheimer's patient.
The search for a cure for Alzheimer's is still in its infancy. Japanese scientists have data from research to point to eggs to stop the progression of the disease. Egg yolk contains phosphatidylcholine which slows the advance of Alzheimer's. This compound gives the positive effects of improving emotional functions in the patients without adverse side effects.
It is dangerous for elderly patients of Alzheimer's to live alone. They may experience problems in daily routines and functions and need help to coordinate their activities. It becomes very obvious to people around them. They may fall victims to crime or harm themselves in many ways. This is the time for family to gather around them to show support and acre for their elderly. For those without family members, arrangements can be made to move into a nursing home or community for the elderly where medical services and help is readily available.