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Alzheimer's Disease

If elderly people have a problem with their memory is it possible that they may be  developing Alzheimer's Disease?
Simple forgetfulness should not be confused with memory loss due to a disease. The American Alzheimer's  Association has developed these "10 warning signs" to look for to see if a person maybe developing this disease.
1.Is memory loss affecting job skills?
2.Does it affect the ability to perform familiar tasks?
3.Are there problems with language, such as finding the right words for familiar objects?
4.Is there frequent disorientation as to where and what time of day it is?
5.Is judgment poor or decreased?
6.Are there consistent problems with abstract thinking?
7.Are familiar objects frequently misplaced?
8.Are there noticeable changes in mood or behavior?
9.Are there noticeable changes in personality?
10.Is there a loss of initiative?
If these are the signs then one should consult and take the advice of the most experienced physician possible.
Alzheimer’s disease is not the only cause of memory loss and / or confusion. Other disorders, including depression, reactions to certain drugs, a series of small strokes (called multi-infarct dementia), hearing problems, vitamin deficiencies, and certain tumors and infections may look just like Alzheimer’s disease to friends and relatives, but are much more treatable.
Why does one have to detect Alzheimer's Disease at an early stage?
While there is no definite cure as yet available for Alzheimer's, new drugs are available that allow the patients to think more clearly and remember better. Most experts believe that the best time to begin taking these drugs is early in the course of the disease, while there is still some thinking ability to preserve. An accurate diagnosis and treatment can relieve the patients of the experience of living in a haze and help them think clearly all day
Some research indicates that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, called NSAIDS, like ibuprofen may prevent or slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease if they are started early. Daily doses of vitamin E, selenium or other antioxidants may have a similar effect. Consult your doctor before taking any of these drugs.
The other reasons are that while the memory is clear one can decide to make important decisions like making a will or legal and financial arrangements and make arrangements for their health-care when they are no longer capable of making decisions.
Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India is a registered national voluntary organisation dedicated to persons with dementia and their carers. Dementia is degenerative disease that affects brain and results mainly in memory loss. Generally it affects people above 65 years. There are different forms of dementia, the most common being Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease. Once Alzheimer's Disease completely takes hold of a person, he/she becomes completely dependent on the care-giver.
ARDSI provides services like day care, home care, memory clinic, support services to the care-givers and information services. It is running a community Geriatric Nursing School and is also engaged in  research on various aspects of this disease.
It is estimated that around 3 million people in India having dementia. Since it is a disease that affects the whole family, the total number of people who will be suffering from the effects of this disease will be more
than 3 times bigger than this. For more info:







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Methods to get over simple Forgetfulness

Alzheimer's and Related Disorders Society of India -(ARDSI): A Website from India dedicated to helping Patients with Alzheimer's, Care-Givers and Relatives

Alzheimer's Disease -A web-site that Unravels the Mystery

A Web-site on Patient & Family Guide to Early Alzheimer's Disease






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