Imagine, dreaming of Living your life to the fullest and best and suddenly at mid-age you can’t even remember your companions, that after some time you forget how to brush your teeth and then one day swallowing food is the newest task of your life! Scary! It’s Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys the memory and thinking skills of the brain making the brain shrink and neurons die.
Dementia(a general to describe various symptoms of worsening of memory, thinking and normal skills)is the result of Alzheimer’s .dementia is more common in people of age group mid 60’s
According to facts, 5.8 million people in the US of age group 65 plus are having Alzheimer’s.
In the world 50 million people have dementia and in them, 60% to 70% are having Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer is named after doctor Alzheimer who discovered an unusual change in brain tissue of a woman who died of mental illness.
He studied her brain and found many unusual and abnormal clumps (amyloid plaques) and Tangled bundles of fibres (neurofibrillary or Tau).
The brain controls our whole body and slowly this disease damages the whole brain and results show on our body
Features in brain structure – amyloid plaques and tangles in the brain are the main features to determine Alzheimer’s disease
Damage of neurons connection
Initially, the hippocampus is damaged (the memory centre of the brain).
As neurons die and nerve connections break different parts of the brain are adversely affected.
The brain tissue starts shrinking and as time passes it keeps on shrinking.
As the person grows old, risk of Alzheimer’s increases.
SYMPTOMS OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE
Daily routine becomes a war with yourself.
Symptoms are different in a different person, it proceeds like-
Forgetting the recent happenings and talks
Difficulty in organizing thoughts as the day goes on the closest one sees how this worsens which is the worst part to see your dear one forgetting you at the end.
In Alzheimer’s, as a day passes it mainly affects
Every one of us forgets about some things in our daily tasks but it doesn’t sweep out our system, in Alzheimer’s disease this remains and worsens day by day, making you dependent on someone for everything.
they may get lost in any place which was the routine visit for them
ask the same question over and over
forget names of family members and basic objects
forget talks, events, any appointment and can’t even remember then later forget words to express themselves
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