Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is an irreversible, progressive and degenerative brain disorder, which attacks the nerve cells of your brain. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5...
Risk & Complications
AD is the most common cause of irreversible cognitive impairment among the elderly. Scientists have identified several factors that increase the risk of developing AD. Some of the risk factors for AD cannot be prevented.
If you are concerned about unusually forgetting things or suffering memory problems, it is advisable that you talk to your Healthcare Provider (HCP). Your HCP may suggest you to take memory-screening test that can help detect problems.
AD is a complex degenerative disorder, which has no definitive cure. There are no treatments that can stop or prevent the progression of the disease. The available conventional and non-conventional approaches mainly focus on managing cognitive and behavioral symptoms.
The drug therapies available for management of AD usually focus on either improving memory or the behavioral symptoms. It is clearly known that there is no definitive treatment that can cure or prevent the progression of disease.
Coping & Support
People suffering from AD often tend to have difficulties remembering things and also lose their ability to think. Those in the severe stage of the disease are totally dependent on others for simple activities of daily living (ADL).
According to the latest estimates, five to seven people out of every 100 in the world are affected by dementia. In the year 2010, nearly 35.6 million peoplelived with dementia worldwide. This number is expected to almost double every 20 years, to 65.7 million in 2030 and 115.4 million in 2050.
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