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What is Alzheimer’s

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What is Alzheimer’s

There are many causes for dementia, the progressive deterioration of mental and physical capabilities. The most common is Alzheimer’s disease, the cause of which is as yet unknown. Accumulations of a protein called beta-amyloid develop in between the neurons in the cerebral cortex and the hippocampus of the brain. These clumps apparently disrupt cell to cell communications as they enlarge. In addition, tangles of tau proteins grow within the neurons and eventually the neurons separate from each other, totally destroying nerve transmissions.

There are more than 44 million people suffering from Alzheimer’s in the world now and that number is expected to increase. It is the one leading cause of death in industrialised nations that cannot be prevented. Alzheimer’s patients, the vast majority of whom are over age 65, show a slow, inexorable decline in function over about eight to ten years.

The initial symptoms are similar to the typical memory lapses of aging; forgetting locations of things, names of friends, even recent events and what day it is. But the lapses become worse and the victim loses the ability to plan and think logically. Unable to solve complex problems, getting lost frequently, the sufferer becomes frustrated and angry, developing behavioural changes. Restlessness, pacing, agitation, sleep disturbances, depression, even delusions, paranoia and hallucinations are common as the disease progresses. The personality and intellect continue to disintegrate until the person is totally incapable of caring for oneself, unable to complete the most basic tasks of eating, dressing, bathing and eventually requires total care.

The rate of decline is usually slow, but if the patient has other diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and especially if those diseases are not well controlled, the deterioration may be more rapid. In those relatively rare individuals who come down with the disease at a younger age, the ailment progresses very quickly.

The increasing isolation the victim faces requires that caretakers provide as much social interaction as possible. The professionals at Grace Staffing Care understand how Alzheimer’s affects their clients and their families. So if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it may be time to call for help.

 

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