Alzheimer's is a disease where a person experiences memory loss and thinking skills and gradually loses the ability to handle simple tasks. As the disease progresses problems may include such as wandering or missing the person, asking repeated questions, and personality and behavior changes.
Studies have told that Alzheimer's disease mostly affects people age 60 and above.
The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, but it is thought to be caused by the abnormal build-up of proteins around the brain cells. One such protein is called amyloid, deposits of this form plaques around brain cells. Another protein is called tau, the deposits of this cause tangles within the brain.
As the cells in the brain cells get more affected, there is a decrease in neurotransmitters that involves in sending signals and messages within the brain cells. Gradually, brain cell connections and cells themselves degenerate and die.
Several factors are known to increase the risk of developing the condition:
Further research is carried out by the experts to know the link between Alzheimer's and stress. But they believe that stress can cause inflammation in the brain by making it more susceptible to health problems like dementia. Stress will cause depression and Alzheimer-related conditions.
The only way to diagnose Alzheimer's disease is to explain the symptoms and their impact on daily life. There is no reliable test to diagnose Alzheimer's. Alzheimer’s disease can only be diagnosed after death, the microscopic examination of the brain tissue is performed to reveal the characteristic plaques and tangles.
There is no complete cure for Alzheimer's disease, your doctor may prescribe medications and treatments to help ease your symptoms which can delay the progression of the disease as long as possible.
Apart from medication, certain lifestyle changes can help you manage the symptoms. The doctor might suggest some strategies like
Engaging in activities that help to stimulate the brain such as
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