Published on Mar 08, 2018 and last reviewed on Sep 05, 2019 - 2 min read
Alzheimer's is a neurodegenerative condition that can seriously hamper one's day to day activities and quality of life. What can be done to prevent this disease that is usually associated with aging? Read on to know.
Alzheimer's disease is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain cells with dementia being the marked symptom in the early stages.
3. Moderately severe
In final stages, they are in bed all day and need utmost care.
Two distinct types have been noticed, namely, early-onset, and late-onset.
It is still unclear why a person without a genetic factor would suddenly develop Alzheimer's. But, certain studies are guiding us towards finding the cause. When brain tissues were observed in case of Alzheimer's, two distinct changes were observed.
There is no single test to diagnose Alzheimer's. Doctors use a combination of medical history, physical and neurological examinations (for balance and reflexes), imaging tests (MRI) and questionnaires to assess cognitive functioning.
Going by current treatment modalities, Alzheimer's cannot be cured. There are no disease-modifying agents available as well. But, some drugs help reduce symptoms. This group of drugs is called Cholinesterase inhibitors.
It is important to understand that palliative care and the support of family and friends are the utmost necessity. It is to be ensured that they can maintain their sense of independence and quality of life.
Simply put, this disease is the result of progressive brain cell death. Keeping yourself active, cheerful and engaged in stimulating tasks every day is the key to keeping this disease at bay.
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