Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder which causes the death of brain cells which in turn causes memory loss and decline in cognitive abilities.
It is a common neurological disorder which is very common in India accounting up to more than 1 million cases in the country per year and the disorder mainly affects people who are above the age of 60, but in some rare cases, people between the age of 40-60 are affected as well. The condition of Alzheimer’s is progressive in nature which means, it worsens as time goes by.
What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?
The symptoms of Alzheimer’s are many in number. Most of the symptoms might seem very general and can happen to anyone and also might not always indicate Alzheimer’s, but if you or someone you know has most of all of the mentioned symptoms, visit us or book an appointment with us at Vinn Hospitals and our doctors can help you cope with the situation and the disease as it progresses.
The symptoms are:
- Inability or reduced ability to remember any kind of information which is new and register it. The person might ask questions repeatedly, misplace belongings, forget roads and routes.
- Understanding and exercising judgement is something which they are not able to do or process along with inability to perform complex tasks or reason adequately.
- Speaking, reading and writing becomes a difficult and complicated task.
- Gradual changes in behaviour and personality.
- Inability to recognise faces or even objects.
- Comprehending different aspects and parts of a scene at once, seems difficult.
- Reading any kind of text becomes difficult.
What are the causes of Alzheimer’s disease?
When it comes to the causes of Alzheimer’s, the primary cause is cell death. Since it is neurodegenerative disease, the cells degenerate and die, all of which happens over time.
There are a number of risk factors which cause or eventually cause Alzheimer’s disease. Some of those risk factors are:
- Family history
- A number of genes
There are various factors which increase the chances of suffering from Alzheimer’s:
- Suffering from severe traumatic brain injuries.
- Exposure to harmful chemicals.
Treatments for Alzheimer’s disease:
Alzheimer’s disease doesn’t have a cure as brain cells degeneration cannot be reversed. However, there are quite a few therapies which help people live with the condition.
Even though there is no cure, there is care. Care is an integral process for a person who is suffering from Alzheimer’s and giving them attention by keeping them occupied and their minds working is essential.
There are drug treatments involved for the treatment of Alzheimer’s which provide relief to the patients however, the drugs are not always used for anyone and everyone who are suffering from Alzheimer’s. The major form of treatment has always been and is therapy.
The quality of life for the people who suffer from Alzheimer’s decreases by the day making them more dependant on another person or people for them to function everyday, whether it is emotionally or physically. But therapy, living with people who suffer from the same condition, engaging in activities everyday, watching and learning, these are the things which make them really ‘live’ one day at a time.
If you or anyone you know have the symptoms which might lead to this condition, it is very important that you get it checked. Prevention is always better than cure especially in a condition which does not have a cure. We at Vinn Hospitals, make it a point to provide people suffering from Alzheimer’s the best kind of treatment and therapy to make their lives, progressively happier as their body and mind progressively fades away.
About Vinn Hospitals
Vinn Hospital has been providing comprehensive treatments and care for its patients, with the best in class doctors, specialists and support staff. Our teams and units are dedicated to their cause to ensure optimum health for all our patients. Vinn Hospital has the best, state-of-the-art facilities, which treat an array of diseases and disorders all under one roof.
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