How do you think it would feel to see your loved one, not being able to remember things, events, or even you?
Terrible, isn’t it?
The person you once looked up to, for help, support, care, or love, does not just find it hard to recollect your face but also finds it to be very difficult to put two and two together, not making sense of anything around them. It is painful to hear them have indistinct conversations with themselves and many a times, in the events of the situation, they end up hurting themselves too.
What starts of as harmless forgetfulness just quickly escalates to full-blown issue and you start seeing your loved one deteriorate, right in front of your eyes.
While the beginning is known as dementia, the condition many a times, progresses to turn into Alzheimer’s disease.
It drains the people affected by the disease. It is not just the person suffering from it, but also the caregivers. It takes a toll on their physical and mental health too. It is only human to be upset, anxious and frustrated from whatever is happening in their life.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease, it is a progressive form of dementia that affects the memory, reasoning, thinking, and behavior of the person suffering from it. The disease causes changes in the person that interfere with their routine life.The disease progresses in stages, and slowly causes decline in the the person’s ability to remember, think or reason.
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What are the stages of Alzheimer’s disease?
- Stage 1 has no symptoms, but a routine check up to rule out might become an early diagnosis
- Stage 2 is when the person becomes forgetful.
- Stage 3 shows mild physical and mental impairments like reduced memory and concentration which can only come to notice by a person who knows the person very closely, on keen observation.
- Stage 4, often diagnosed at this stage, the condition is considered mild and symptoms include, memory loss and the inability to perform everyday tasks.
- Stage 5 requires family or caregiver’s support to manage moderate to severe symptoms.
- Stage 6 symptoms need help with basic everyday tasks like eating and putting on clothes.
- Stage 7 is the most severe and final stage where people lose control over speech and facial expressions.
Who is likely to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease?
- Generally, people over 65 years of age show signs and symptoms of dementia that progresses to alzheimer’s Disease
- People with a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, genetically inherit the disease
Is there a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease?
No, there does not exist a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, but the progression can be slowed down through medication and care. However, it’s very important that if you notice any change in your loved one’s routine or activities, you take them to a doctor and get the condition diagnosed as soon as possible. If it’s just forgetfulness, then you can be at peace, but if it’s Alzheimer’s then at least it can be managed medically.
It is also very essential for the caregivers to vent out, talk to someone who could understand their troubles and limitations and encourage them to keep doing what is best for their loved one.
At the end of the day, it is about how pain-free and comfortable you can make life for your loved one.
We, at Vinn Hospital, have an excellent team of doctors who would be able to help you understand the condition, its effects and measures you could take to care for your loved one. We also have counsellors who would be more than happy to lend an ear to hear you out and help you feel better.
About the Hospital:
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 in their cause to ensure optimum health for all our patients. Vinn Multi Speciality 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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