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About Alzheimer's disease

Updated on August 29, 2014

About Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is an incurable disease which is a common form of dementia. One of the worst disease in the world as it shows a negative progress day by day and finally end up in death. Alzheimer's is mostly seen in people above age of 65 but this disease can also be seen in younger generation now a days. There are some basic symptoms for this disease which will be different for every individual based on age and behavior.

One of the most common symptoms for Alzheimer's is difficulty in remembering current activities and events. Symptoms will eventually changes when this disease is in higher stage which includes language trouble in speaking, confusion in dealing with any activities, aggression, Memory loss all are part of Alzheimer's disease. Finally body will not react properly and finally leads to death. The cause of Alzheimer's disease is still not known but according to researchers, Alzheimer's occurs due to brain related problems. There is no specific treatment for Alzheimer's disease and only follow the symptoms and treat.

Severe Alzheimer's disease


Different stages of Alzheimer's disease

Early stage of Alzheimer's disease

Early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease is not much affected which shows a small kind of symptoms like memory loss and small difficulties in doing daily activities due to problems in remembering recent activities. Early stage of Alzheimer's disease is difficult to find out as we will not care about it but eventually the disease will progress and reaches the second stage and shows moderate symptoms.

Second stage of Alzheimer's disease

From the early stage, Alzheimer's disease will progress and reaches moderate stage. Here, the symptoms will gradually increase which includes difficulties in speaking correct words which results in loss of reading and writing skills. In this stage, memory problems will shows an increasing trend which results in remembering close relatives and friends. Speech problems and memory loss is the main symptoms in second stage of this disease which will progress and reaches advanced stage.

Final stage or advanced mode of Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease will reaches at its maximum and very difficult to control. The person wills completely losses his self-awareness, very difficult to speak a single word, full memory loss and the body itself will not react properly which finally leads to death of a person. This is the worst and extreme stage of this disease where the person will react like a small kid. There is no treatment or medicine for this disease and always shows a negative trend and the final stage of this disease will ends up in death of a person.

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Causes and factors of Alzheimer's Disease

Some Alzheimer's research experts had something to warn about Alzheimer's disease for the world. The following are some causes and factors of Alzheimer's disease.

Age factor

From the researcher’s point of view Alzheimer's symptoms will progress every five years which starts from early stages and finally reaches advanced mode. From Canadian Medical Association Journal research, the age risk of Alzheimer's disease shows the following figures.

Ages from 65 to 74: 1 in 100 gets affected

Ages from 75 to 84: i in 14 gets affected

Ages above 85: 1 in 4 gets affected.

Family risk

Is there any one in your family having Alzheimer's disease? Then there is a small risk in spreading this disease but it’s not a higher risk. So family history is also a factor evolved in Alzheimer's disease.

Brain injuries

According to latest studies, brain injuries are having a higher risk of having Alzheimer's disease. So protect your head from injuries mainly because of bike accidents. Wear helmets while riding your bike.

Gender studies

From the studies, Alzheimer's is mostly seen in women compared to men. The study reveals that women have more life span and the disease mostly occurs in aged people.

Stress factor

More stress, more chance of developing Alzheimer's disease. From the study of Sara Bengtsson and team from Umea University, Sweden says that higher stress is a major factor developing Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's disease


Facts about Alzheimer's disease

  • Alzheimer's is difficult to cure
  • No proper medicine for Alzheimer's disease
  • No treatment for Alzheimer's disease
  • Medication will have a chance to reduce Alzheimer's disease.
  • Memory loss is a common symptom of Alzheimer's disease
  • The final result of Alzheimer's disease is death

How to treat Alzheimer's disease?

Our medical field had highly developed but there is not yet a proper medicine or treatment for Alzheimer's disease. The only treatment for Alzheimer's disease is Medication only. This will not cure the disease completely but slows down the symptoms. There are different types of medications available to reduce Alzheimer's disease relating to brain cells.

Stages of Alzheimer's disease

First stage
Second stage
Final stage
Minor memory loss
Speech problems
Complete loss of memory
Confusion in dealing with small activities
Difficult to remember (read and write)
Repeating same words and conversations
Minor Difficulties to point out close relatives
Self awareness problems
Difficult to speak a single word
Different stages of Alzheimer's disease

How to diagnose Alzheimer's disease?

There are no specific tests available to detect Alzheimer's disease. The only way to diagnose Alzheimer's disease is to study about the patient's family background, past history and observations. A memory test can find out the current stage of the Alzheimer's disease. The prediction of Alzheimer's disease cannot be done as its causes are difficult to point out.

Films depicting Alzheimer's disease

  • Away From Her (2007)
  • The Savages (2007)
  • Aurora Borealis (2006)
  • Robot & Frank (2012)
  • A Separation (2011)
  • Thanmathra (2005): Malayalam film


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