Alzheimer's disease is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes extreme memory loss which deteriorates over time. Some of the common symptoms include inability to recognize faces or common objects, misplacing personal belongings, repetitive questions or conversations, forgetting events or appointments and occasionally getting lost on a familiar route.
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 treatment for the disease, but a number of lifestyle changes and support may be rendered to the patient to set up a good living condition. A general physician or an occupational therapist may be approached for support. Drug treatments for AD only serve to alleviate the symptoms and not cure the disease.
DID YOU KNOW?
Living with Alzheimer's disease means caring for the patient and the caregiver.