What is Alzheimer's disease?
Alzheimer's is a neurological disease that occurs when the nerve cells in the brain begin to die. It is a form of dementia that involves the loss of memory and the ability of people to perform simple tasks. It causes reduced functioning in the patient who suffers from it. Alzheimer's is different from dementia because the effects of it can be viewed on the brain under a microscope.
What is the cause of Alzheimer's disease?
There are many different causes of Alzheimer's:
- Often, age may lead to the onset of the disease and the rapid mental degeneration of the person.
- The genetic history of the person can also make them susceptible to Alzheimer’s.
- The environment factors within which the person lives might lead to this problem.
- Abnormal amounts of protein deposits in the brain can lead to the increase in the progress of Alzheimer's disease.
What are the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?
Alzheimer patients have difficulty in remembering newly learned information. They may also experience a gradual slowness in mental functioning. The patient may suffer from mood disorders, confusion about events and a suspicion of completely commonplace occurrences. Over time, performing even familiar tasks becomes difficult.
What is the treatment for Alzheimer's disease?
A neurologist diagnoses the disease depending upon the medical history of the patient, eyewitness reports and the behavior of the patient. The patient is made to undergo different scans to properly ascertain the cause of the problem. Alzheimer's cannot be eliminated properly but the progress of the disease can be slowed down. In order to treat the disease properly, one must begin by eliminating the causes of it. Smoking constantly, use of drugs, cholesterol can be eliminated because they bring about this degenerative disorder. The person should engage in a mental task such as reading books, doing crosswords, etc. Physical activity is also beneficial for the patient. There are also many rehabilitation programs for Alzheimer's patients.
If you are suffering from this Alzheimer's or are aware of someone suffering from this disease, it is necessary to contact a neurologist as soon as possible. With treatment and care from a qualified professional, the progression of this disease can be slowed down.
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