Making Life With Alzheimer's Disease Easier


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Alzheimer's disease occurs as a result of changes in the human brain. Although the causes are unclear as of today the levels of chemical messengers decreasing can bring on the signs of Alzheimer's disease. Over time this can deteriorate the person's way of thinking and lead to all the stages of dementia.

Alzheimer's disease is a very destructive disease that not only affects the patient but also the family of the patient.

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Making Life With Alzheimer's Disease Easier

  1. 1. ==== ====Learn more information about Alzheimers disease, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatmentat: ====Alzheimers disease is characterized by gradual memory loss for recent events and the inability tolearn new information. The patient is aware of what happened years before but somehow cantremember what he or she just did 10 minutes ago. That person may forget a close relatives name,cant find a way home or misplace objects.As things get worse, the patient becomes increasingly irritable, confused and restless. He or shemay laugh or cry at inappropriate times, ask the same questions repeatedly and suddenly becomeangry for no apparent reason at all. These symptoms differ from person to person and may occurin a few days or months."Although at first the person seems physically unaffected by the disease, as the conditionadvances the patient becomes restless, always moving about, and must be watched so that he orshe does not wander away or into danger. Endless repetition of unnecessary actions, such as theopening and closing of drawers, is another characteristic of the disease. Some victims ofAlzheimers disease may become extremely agitated with little or no provocation," according to theeditors of Consumer Guides Family Health & Medical Guide.Since many of the signs and symptoms of Alzheimers disease mimic the normal signs of aging,no single test can accurately diagnose the condition. The doctor may recommend a thoroughphysical and neurological evaluation. However, many patients get worse by the time the diseaseis identified. At this point, very little can be done for the patient.Ironically, most cases of Alzheimers disease come to light only after death when an autopsy ismade. This reveals the abnormal changes found in the brain of those with the disorder."In Alzheimers, as in any senile disorder, there is atrophy (shrinkage or wasting) of the cerebralcortex (the outer layer of the brain which is mostly concerned with intellectual and socialfunctioning). There are also more specific abnormalities, such as the presence of tangles of fiberswithin the nerve cells and of senile plaques, which are probably deposits of amyloid (a semisolidprotein complex seen in many degenerative diseases)," according to the editors of Family Health& Medical Guide."These abnormal changes are scattered throughout the cortex of a person with Alzheimers, andserve to distinguish the disease from other forms of senility. Because brain biopsy specimens(tissue samples taken from the brain for laboratory examination) are not obtained without veryspecific reasons and without intention of specific treatment, these changes are usually seen onlyafter death," they added.
  2. 2. What causes these abnormal tissue changes? That puzzle has not been solved. Researchers arelooking at genetic factors, abnormal protein production, viruses, and toxic exposure as possiblecauses of Alzheimers disease.An enzyme deficiency has been proposed as the cause of the condition. This theory drewattention after it was learned that the brain of some patients lacked choline-acetyl-transferasewhich is required to manufacture a chemical called acetylcholine (an important neurotransmitter inthe brain. Other neurotransmitter deficiencies are being explored. So far, there are no definiteanswers yet.What is known is that the disease is not contagious but appears to be inherited. Those with afamily history of Alzheimers disease are more likely to acquire it later. Age is another contributingfactor.-RANJEET-==== ====Learn more information about Alzheimers disease, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and treatmentat: ====