Imagine sharing years of memory of your life with someone and then suddenly they forget who you are and slowly any precious memories that you both share. This is what it is like for families who have to deal with a loved one affected with Alzheimer's disease. This is an entirely different type of tragedy that affects people everywhere in the world.
WHAT IS ALZHEIMER'S?
Alzheimer's is progressive disease that causes the brain to slowly lose memory. This type of memory loss is severe enough that a person who is suffering with the disease may find themselves lost and confused in areas that they have never been. They often are caught roaming around different places because they have forgotten everything that is familiar to them. This is not only scary for them, but many family members who are dealing with this issue are traumatized and devastated by the time, attention and money it takes to care for someone who no longer remembers who they are. Today, nearly 50-80% of all cases of dementia (loss of memory) occur from Alzheimer's. Although this disease affects mostly those who are over 65 years old, nearly 5% of people are affected as young as in their 40's and 50's. Memory loss to this extent is not normal. Alzheimer's is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States alone and those who suffer live around 8 years after they are diagnosed or their symptoms first appear. However, there are many who live many years. Life expectancy is something that varies from person to person. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer's, only treatment which may include the following:
There are many research facilities that are searching for a cure for this progressive disease. It is important to recognize the early warning signs of Alzheimer's. Education is the key to helping fight against any illness. Learn to recognize the early warning signs and the risk factors that are associated with Alzheimer's. There is a huge difference between the average brain and one that is being affected by Alzheimer.
Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA
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