It is a disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions. It includes problems with language, disorientation, mood swings, loss of motivation, not managing self care and behavioral issues. The symptoms are: forgetting things occasionally, misplacing sometimes, minor short term memory loss, not remembering exact details. Early stages can be diagnosed when a person starts forgetting the names of family members and friends.
HOW IS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Neurologists diagnose Alzheimer’s disease considering the patient’s medical and family history and behavioral observations. Further diagnosis may be done through medical imaging methods like CT scan and MRI. Cognitive deterioration due to AD can be evaluated through a series of neuropsychological tests.
HOW IS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE TREATED?
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Once a person starts showing signs of memory loss and problems with learning, judgment, communication, and daily life; there aren't any treatments that can stop or reverse such changes. However, certain medications and steroids can ease some of the symptoms in a few cases. They can slow down how quickly the disease gets worse, and help the brain work better for longer.
DID YOU KNOW?
Regular exercise and good nutrition can also help patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.