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Posted by on Mar 9, 2016 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

Understanding Alzheimer’s disease

When an elderly relative has started to forget many things in his or her life, he or she might be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. In the U.S. alone more than 5 million individuals whose age is 65 and above are affected by the incurable mental disorder, an article of SeniorAdvice.com said.

Though this type of dementia may also occur to younger people, it is a serious disease that commonly affects elderly individuals. Until now, medical experts and scientists do not clearly understand how protein buildups in the brain that causes damage and how to cure it. However, this serious brain disorder has various symptoms and any family members may find out if their elderly loved one is affected. A person might have Alzheimer’s disease when he or she already forgets to do the things he or she is used to do every day. When an individual’s thinking skills has deteriorated, it may be impossible for him or her to perform basic household chores like cleaning. A person afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease cannot even take a shower, eat a meal, or even wear clothes because of forgetfulness. Other signs of Alzheimer’s disease include forgetting names of family members, trouble of finding way home, and being temperamental. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are various factors for a person to possibly have Alzheimer’s disease. Though the best known factor for a person to have Alzheimer’s disease is through age, it may also affect individuals who have other family members already have the mental disorder.

Individuals who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease are required undergo various kinds of treatments to improve their lifestyle. To lessen the progress of Alzheimer’s disease, a patient may be prescribed to take medications. There are also memory care facilities that offer therapy sessions to lessen the depression feeling of a person who have a severe Alzheimer’s disease. Patients’ condition may possibly improve when they are continuously introduced to music and arts.

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