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World Alzheimer's Day

16-SEP-2014 16:23

    People all over the world dedicate 21st September as Alzheimer's Day for the people suffering from Alzheimers. All organizations meet to create awareness, organize runs, charity shows to show support. Here is something more about Alzeihmers.

    Some Alarming Facts

    • Alzheimer’s is referred to as a hereditary disease as it runs in the family.
    • 5.4 million Americans are living with this mysterious disease and approximately 35 million have this disease worldwide.
    • It is the sixth leading cause of death in United States of America.
    • Tragically it cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. With these facts the support for Alzheimer’s research becomes critical and the need of the hour.

    History:

    Alzheimer’s disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer. The history goes back to 1906 when Dr. Alzheimer noticed changes in the brain tissue of a woman who had died of an unusual mental illness. The symptoms included memory loss, language problems, and unpredictable behavior. After she died, he examined her brain and found many abnormal clumps (now called amyloid plaques) and tangled bundles of fibers (now called neurofibrillary tangles). Plaques and tangles in the brain are two of the main features of Alzheimer’s disease. The third is the loss of connections between nerve cells and (neurons) in the brain.

    Doctors are still conducting research to find how the disease steps in and measures to control the same.

    Symptoms:

    Some of the early symptoms are sleeplessness, anxiety, agitation, wandering and depression. Doctors conduct clinical tests, memory tests, CTs and MRIs regularly to check the process.

    • Some of the early signs of Alzheimer’s are worsening of memory loss. Problems can include, for example, getting lost, trouble handling money, repeating questions, taking longer to complete normal daily tasks, using poor judgment, and having some mood and personality changes. People are often diagnosed in this stage.
    • In the middle stage a patient can’t identify family members, starts taking longer to conduct daily chores like dressing , starts forgetting processes.
    • And in the most severe stage patients can’t even communicate and are completely dependent.

    Care

    • Handling Alzheimer patients is challenging.
    • They need to get clinical tests, take memory tests to check the difference.
    • They need a lot of love and care and help to conduct their daily functions.
    • Caretakers need to understand and cope up with symptomatic behavior.
    • Conduct some physical exercises to keep them active.
    • Keep talking so that they don’t forget their past.

    What can we do to show support On September 21st Alzheimer’s day

    • Remember to wear purple to show your support  (purple is a colour of mystery and Alzeihmer is a mysterious disease)
    • You could contribute by raising funds through exhibitions. Research is expensive and every contribution helps!!!
    • You could donate. Research is expensive and every contribution helps!!!
    • Or a simple way to show you concern is turn your facebook page purple.

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