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Alzheimers-A Mean Disease

Updated on September 27, 2017

Alzheimers- A mean disease

I call it a mean disease, because it affects not only those who have the disease but those who live with and care for the patient.

Some days my mother knows who she is. Some days she knows her children. There are days that she does not. Although she spends most days in a nursing home, she often thinks that she spends her days golfing or working in a biscuit factory. I guess that in a way helps her cope.

Her onset of the disease was very rapid. She was holding a job and had for years, She was the office manager of a large successful business and used her brain every day.

One day she didn't feel right and complained of a shortness of breath. My sister called her an ambulance, and they took her to the hospital. At the hospital, they told her that she had a slight heart attack, and they referred her to a cardiologist.

The cardiologist suggested that have a triple bypass. She scheduled the surgery, and actually worked up to the day before. After the surgery, she was confused and the doctor thought that might be a remnant of the anesthesia. In a few days she was discharged, and she was still in a cloud. Her doctor had an MRI done, he suspected she might have had a stroke during the surgery.

After several days in the hospital, she was transferred to a bigger city hospital where they specialized in brain disorders. After several tests, the concluded that she had a rapid onset form of Alzheimer's. The doctors suggested that she be put in a nursing home at that point. My sister resisted, and suggested Mom live with her. After several months of trying to make it work, my sister was at wit's end, and there had been a couple of incidents that could have been catastrophic, we finally started looking for a nursing home. After looking at several, we settled on one, and she has been there since 2006.

She has been tried on several different Alzheimer's medications, some that have been very helpful for other patients, but they have not worked in her case. One that did work well in the short term caused life-threatening side effects. We are hopeful that something someday works.


Alzheimers Disease or AD

AD or Alzheimer’s disease and its patients begin showing symptoms around 25 years after the developing stage. The brain will start to collect “beta amyloaid plaque,” which builds up affecting the prime intellect. Most patients with Alzheimer’s disease have the illness present at a youthful age, yet the symptoms linger until an older age. Once the disease is present, you can use actions to slow the symptoms further. For instance, you can practice preventions, such as continued education, and memory provoking strategies.

According to statistics, at least one of two families residing in the United States alone will experience Alzheimer symptoms. Statistics claim that around “five million” American are diagnosed annually with Alzheimer disease. Out of the statistical forecasts claim those over sixty-five has double the odds of acquiring Alzheimer’s.

The United States of America spends billions of dollars annually to treat patients with Alzheimer disease. To stop the disorder geriatrists are recommended that preventive steps are taken.

Geriatrists claim that economics, socialism, lack of education, problematic healthcare systems, and people them selves play a part in reducing the diagnosis. Healthcare in the United States is outrageously priced so that elderly people find it hard to find medical coverage required to treat their illnesses. We see that if healthcare is lowered, the disease count might drop.

Elderly people often isolate as they age, which causes the symptoms of Alzheimer disease to increase. In addition, many American seniors lack education, which hinders them from noting symptoms at early stages. Still, we can ask the elderly to learn and take measures to slow their symptoms, yet until healthcare prices lower, we have a world of disease in our future.

In the UK ironically where medical care is covered, more than 800,000 residents are diagnosed with Alzheimer disease or dementia, which is produced by Alzheimer. In the next 20 years, the United Kingdom has predicted that Alzheimer disease will double.

There are currently around 799,000 people living with dementia in the United Kingdom today, and the figure is expected to twofold within twenty years.

According to the same statistics in a few seconds, someone around the world is diagnosed with dementia.

Globally around 24.4 million diagnoses in the world alone are cases of dementia, whereas another 4.7 million annually will be diagnosed with Alzheimer disease.

The only way you can explain the disease is to review the brain and the causes of dementia and/or Alzheimer disease.

Alzheimer disease is a disorder of the brain. The disorder is outlined in accelerated aging diseases, including Hutchinson-Gilford, and Progeroid syndromes.

Each disease causes aging symptoms prematurely. The disease has a major symptom, which is the increase of velocity in aging. Children can develop symptoms emerging from progeroid. The signs are apparent, which include hair loss, wrinkled skin, dry skin, hunchback, and so on.

Progeroid is also noted in the female reproductive organs. In addition, the male’s sex glands are signs of this disease, which causes menstrual cycles to cease in one and unproductiveness, or sterile in the male counterpart. The disease can also change the height.

Progeroid has sisters, which include Hutchinson-Gilford and Werner’s syndrome. Hutchinson starts youthfully, yet as the person becomes a young adult, Werner’s syndrome develops. The genetic diseases, i.e. at least Werner’s are a condition that manufacturers “scleroderma.” Scleroderma is a condition that causes the skin to thicken and harden. In addition, the disease progressively moves to accelerate aging. Werner’s disease is often akin to accelerated aging, lung disease, and so forth. The disease increases atherosclerosis, which as Werner’s increases balding and skin conditions.

Atherosclerosis is an artery disease, which increases degenerative diseases, and cholesterol plaque deposits that form in the arteries.

Symptoms of Alzheimers

Millions of people are diagnosed annually of Alzheimer’s disease. The disease often targets elderly people, such as those over 60 years of age. Alzheimer’s disease progresses to dementia, which the disease could be inherited, since doctors found that RNA and DNA abnormalities link to the disorder. A head injury; or high blood pressure could put one in the high-risk bracket.

The disease is currently studied in depth, since experts have not found a cause or cure for the disorder. Doctors often use microscopic tests to view the brain tissue after a person dies. This is the only way at present that doctors can determine a cause.

Alzheimer's disease is a series of brain disorder that affects the intellectual functions, such as memory, thinking, and behavior. The disease will begin degenerating, the intellectual functions, which rests at the frontal lobes and temporal lobes of the brain.

How do doctors discover symptoms?

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s and/or dementia disease are hard to detect at first, since the disease sneaks in. The disease takes a person through three stages, and during each stage, the symptoms progress at different levels. At first, you may think the patient is showing aging signs, yet in time, the person will show shifts in personality. The person may wander and get lost. Often the person will forget things, misplace items, and find it hard to perform common tasks.

During progressing stages, the person finds it more and more difficult to function. Short-term memory is lost first, which gradually steals the long-term memories. The long-term memories, such as early childhood is frequently brought up. The patient may not recognize common faces, such as loved ones.

As the disease progresses to stage II, the patient will display behavior problems. The problems worsen. The patient may argue, strike out violently, etc. Often the patient feels depressed, or superficially happy. Once depression sets in the patient goes into his or her own world. The doors are shut to outsiders. As the disease progresses the person will rely more and more on a caregiver to help them change clothes, bath, eat, etc.

How do doctors prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s disease?

The doctor will test the patient. Once a diagnostic is returned, the expert will consider effective medications to help the patient. Treatment is the start of change. In short, everyone involved, including the patient will have to adapt to new lifestyles.

How can I protect my love one at home?

Lock up all medications and cleaning supplies. Any dangerous chemicals should be locked up as well. If you have throw rugs around the house, remove them. You will need to take down all mirrors. If the patient sees him or herself in the mirror, it may frighten them. The environment should be safe-proof and comfortable.

How can I prepare:

You can prepare by setting up a support group. You will need someone to talk to, especially someone who understands what you are going through. Don’t try to go it alone.

How can I choose helpful tactics to minimize the suffering?

Your loved one may benefit from Vitamins or herbs. Herbs should be approved by FDA; as well, you should consult with your doctor. Doctors found that Vitamin E is useful in slowing Alzheimer’s disease. As well, studies have proved that Ginkgo Biloba can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Vitamin B9 and B12 is useful as well. The Vitamins will support blood flow, which ceases as Alzheimer’s disease progresses.

Ginkgo Biloba is great for improving memory, since the herbs improve flow of blood to the brain.

How do doctors choose medications?

Doctors often consider Cognex, Reminyl, Exelon, and Aricept. Aricept is one of the better medications that have proven to slow progressive Alzheimer’s disorder. Some of the meds can cause serious side effects, such as liver damage. Painkillers, such as Tylenol is known to cause liver damage. Doctors will prescribe painkillers, so discuss the regimens with your doctor.

Does someone in your life have Alzheimers Disease?

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When I initially wrote this hub, my mother was living in a nursing home. Nearly 3 years ago, she passed away from this disease. Up until the day she was diagnosed, she had few health problems, she worked a full time job, took vitamins, exercised and did the daily crossword puzzles in the paper, as well as the New York Times crossword on Sunday.

This disease struck without warning, and it was horrible in the way it left her.

© 2007 Mike Bouska

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      Mike Bouska 8 months ago from Midwest USA

      It has been several years since my mother's passing, and in the last few months, I have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's after suffering a small stroke.

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      Mike Bouska 6 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks for the kind comments. It seems our family tends towards alzheimers. I am hoping that by taking some precautions I can avoid it, but I never know for certain.

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      Leni Sands 6 years ago from UK

      Great hub, sorry for your loss. My partners father is suffering with this horrible disease, we sometimes think that his passing would be a blessing - it is a horrible thing to say and think but he really isn't the person he used to be. Thank you for writing this hub ---

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      Alzheimer's Care 7 years ago

      I too was confused at first about the difference between dementia, different levels of dementia and how it compared to full blown Alzheimer's. I found your hub interesting. I recently found a few articles discussing some recent findings on Vitamin B12 and some positive effects it might have on the prevention of Alzheimer's Disease. Studies are positive but the jury is certainly still out.

      I lost a grandmother to Alzheimer's several years back and it truly is a "mean" disease for sure. It's sad to see someone who was once so "hip" and intelligent literally go down the tubes mentally. It's a shame.

      Hopefully, modern medicine will soon have ways to combat this condition.

      Thanks for the informative hub.

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      Mike Bouska 7 years ago from Midwest USA

      My mom is no longer fighting her Alzheimers. She passed away in May 2010

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      beamsdoorway 10 years ago

      I am dealing with my mom who has mixed dementia. It is tough to deal with at times. It takes over your life. Thanks for any and all information on this disease.

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      Alan 10 years ago

      Good information.A spicy ingredient of many curries called Turmeric may be an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease. This is becasue when Britain adopted to eating curries less Alzheimer's disease is prevalent.

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