The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. Related to memory loss and decreased cognitive skills, this disease worsens over time.
- Communicable: Alzheimer’s isn’t transmittable. You can easily snuggle your loved one if he/she has the disease.
- Curable: The bitter truth is that once someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he/she cannot be healed completely. It can be treated but complete restoration is still a little far.
- Natural and inevitable: No! Alzheimer’s is not a natural and inescapable part of ageing. Many live their whole lives without ever being coupled with the disease although some forgetfulness is normal with ageing.
- Affects only the elders: While the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 or older, it doesn’t just affect the elderly, people in their 30s and 40s have also been afflicted.
- Caused by aluminium exposure: Alzheimer’s isn’t a consequence of using aluminium pots, cans and pans, deodorants and from getting flu shots. The possible causes are genetic makeup, lifestyle factors and environment.
- Guaranteed since afirst-degree relative is diagnosed with the disease: While some forms of Alzheimer’s run in certain families and can influence a person’s likelihood of developing the disease, it is still not certain and certified that you will be diagnosed with it.
- People with Alzheimer’s are more violent and can’t function properly: While some become cranky, aggressive and jittery, others might experience the disease differently. Caregiving is integral and can calm the patient down which can also lead to them becoming proactive and experiencing happy and positive emotions.
- Head injuries are a major cause of this ailment:Research shows that traumatic brain injuries can increase the likelihood of developing any kind of dementia but the connection between head injury and Alzheimer’s is yet to be confirmed.
- It worsens over time: Initially, memory loss is mild such as forgetting conversations but gradually the person experiences severe memory impairment and decline in behavioural and social skills.
- Dementia and Alzheimer’s are antonym: Dementia is a broad term used to describe changes in the brain that causes memory loss. Although Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, it’s not the only one. Others are:
- Vascular dementia
- Lewy body dementia
- Parkinson’s disease
- Frontotemporal dementia
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease
- Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome
- Mixed dementia
- Normal pressure hydrocephalus
- Huntington’s disease
- No cure: Current medication may improve symptoms or even slow the rate of deterioration and maximise functioning; however there is no proper cure, sometimes severe loss of brain function might result in death.
- Alzheimer’s disease is more than occasional memory loss: Difficulty in concentrating and thinking, forgetting conversations, getting lost in familiar places, misplacing things regularly, repeating statements, taking inappropriate decisions are some of the symptoms that point towards Alzheimer’s.
- Alzheimer’s disease is accompanied with change in personality and behaviour:
- Social withdrawal
- Loss of inhibitions
- Prevention better than cure:
- Healthy diet consisting of whole grains is needed to keep you physically and mentally fit
- Don’t become a couch potato, workout at least three times a week
- Give priority to Vitamin E and B12
- Say no to saturated and trans fat
- Regular and good quality sleep and meditate your way towards a healthier lifestyle
- Indulge in social and leisure activities that contribute to mental stimulation
If your memory problems persist and worsen with time, visit a doctor and get tested every 6-12 months.