The Alzheimer Patient
The World Health Organization estimates that there are over 18 million people worldwide with Alzheimer's. According to the statistics, this number is projected to double to 34 million by 2025 due to the large and aging baby boomer population. The numerical value of the count of those suffering from this disease is large enough to cause an alarm, yet most are not knowledgeable about the characteristics of this disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible in nature. The Alzheimer patient has a neurologic disease of the brain which inevitably leads to the loss of neurons and thus the loss of most intellectual abilities. The Alzheimer patient will have a loss in memory and reasoning which will reach a level of severity that will hinder their social and/or occupational functioning. This happens on an individual basis. In one Alzheimer patient it may happen quickly while for others it could take many years.
An Alzheimer patient is usually diagnosed during their late sixties or seventies but one can be diagnosed with the disease as early as in their forties, though this is rare. It must also be noted that Alzheimer’s is a disease in itself and it is not a normal part of aging. Not everyone will get it and the symptoms of those who do can be slowed down for years if caught in time.
This description of an Alzheimer patient seems frightening in every aspect. Therefore, any human being who by nature desires self preservation should be finding out what causes such a disease and if it can be prevented or slowed down.
Unfortunately for the Alzheimer patient there is no known cure for the disease. However, there is a vast amount of research going on and an answer could be found. In the meantime the more the Alzheimer patient and the caregivers know about the disease the better they can combat it.
Alzheimer’s disease causes tangles to develop deep in the brain in an area called the entorhinal cortex. This can start occuring ten to twenty years before any of the symptoms are even evident. As these tangles in the brain develop over the years they begin to cause neurological impairment as such was previously mentioned. Alzheimer’s disease causes disruption in the daily aspects of the Alzheimer patient, and according to the Alzheimer’s Association one must be keen and aware of the symptoms in order to achieve early detection.
Some of the warning signs an Alzheimer patient will have includes difficulty in solving problems, memory loss that disrupts the daily routine, difficulty in doing regular tasks, changes in mood and personality, withdrawal from social work or activities, lacking the ability to retrace steps, misplacing of objects and a number of other things as well.
As you can see the disease can cause great difficulty in the life of the Alzheimer patient. However, despite of the unknown cause and cure for Alzheimer's, the patient must not lose hope in the midst of it all. One must always consider that equipping one’s self with the appropriate information and orientation of the disease may lighten the burden of the disease as well as keep it in check as long as possible. With all the research going on all around the world, there could be good news right around the corner for both the Alzheimer patient and the caregivers as well.
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