Alzheimer’s disease is one of the feared diseases as one gets older. When we start to get older, and end up forgetting about recent things, we start to worry about what is potentially happening to us. Similarly, when we watch our spouse, parents, grandparents get more and more forgetful, we might not want to chuck these symptoms to old age and not care enough to get intervention straight away. Alzheimer is a progressive disease and usually gets worse with time, and accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. Dementia is a more general term and is used to explain a decline in mental ability which can be severe enough to hinder daily life.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Essentially, Alzheimer’s Disease is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes cognitive decline and memory loss, getting progressively worse as time passes. It is characterized by early symptoms such as the inability to remember recent events and as the disease progresses, it can interfere with daily life as it can cause language and disorientation issues. Because of these symptoms, the sufferer can get easily frustrated and displays intense mood swings and behavioral problems. Patients usually die in about a decade due to loss of bodily functions.
Is Alzheimer transmissible?
Alzheimer is not transmissible through normal routes such as touching or caring for a person. As reported by Independent, there could however be evidence that the disease could be transmitted to person during certain surgical procedures such as hormone injections or tissue grafts.
What causes Alzheimer’s Disease?
The main cause of Alzheimer is the death of brain cells. Alzheimer is a neurodegenerative disease, which means that as time passes, there will be death of more brain cells. The total brain size also shrinks with Alzheimer as the disease progresses.
With regards to specific risks, there are a few common bases, but researchers have not been able to pin point the exact cause of Alzheimer. Some common characteristics observed in patients include aging, a family history of Alzheimer and carrying certain types of genes.
How can we fight against Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer is a serious and troubling disease, both for the sufferer and their loved ones. It is estimated that around the world, close to 50 million people suffer from one form of Alzheimer or another (GBD 2015). This is a potentially troubling issue as there is no cure for Alzheimer. In fact, there is no treatment drugs as well, and the only drugs which relieve certain symptoms are unavailable.
I personally have a family member (uncle) who suffers from Alzheimer. He went lost for 5 days without food and water, surviving just on rainwater. When we found him, he was in a state of extreme weakness. Unfortunately, the disease requires a huge amount of time and care, something which his family just couldn’t afford given their full-time jobs.
The current treatment for various diseases are cumbersome and resource draining. The medical industry has not been disrupted in a long time. Our mission here is to build a community of knowledgeable patients, so that we can eventually band together and create true cures, cures that will last a lifetime.