You can forget by placing your glasses, forgetting someone's name, but if you go somewhere to forget that why you have come here, then BE CONSCIOUS!! Especially if you are under 50, then this is a danger bell. You can be suffering from ALZHEMERS.
Alzheimer is an illness in which memory of a person can be gradually lost. At one point of time a person can completely lost their memories. Alzheimer disease is a slowly progressive disease related to mental health that is characterized by impairment of memory and eventually by disturbances in reasoning, planning, language and perception. Chances of having an Alzheimer disease subsequently increases around the age of 65 years. Some people thinks that Alzheimer disease is quite common and normal part of aging and is not something that inevitably happens in later life, if you also think so then you are wrong.
Researches by Psychologist show that, Alzheimer is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is a continuous decline in thinking, behavioural and social skills that disrupts person’s ability to function independently. Very early signs and symptoms of the disease may be forgetting recent events or conversations. As the disease exceeds, a person with Alzheimer will develop serve memory impairment and lose the ability to carry out everyday tasks. Treatment can sometimes help people with Alzheimer disease maximize function and maintain independence for a time. My Fit Brain, a mental health care portal is providing different programs and services which can help support people with Alzheimer and their caregivers.
Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer
The person passing through the initial stage of Alzheimer's disease can usually eat without food, take a bath, wear clothes and be ready. Two-thirds of people develop psychological problems like personality changes, irritability, stress, and depression. When such symptoms appear before the diagnosis, the relationship with family members and friends can become stressful.
My Fit Brain is providing expert Team of Mental Health Professionals, who are experienced in diagnosis of Alzheimer. To receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer the patient must have experienced a decline in cognitive or behavioural function and performance compared with how they were previously.
Some of the common symptoms of Alzheimer are:
The initial symptoms of Alzheimer's disease can be so light and subtle that you cannot see any change in your thinking or behavior.
- Loss of things and inability to find back
- Memory problem affecting everyday life
- Problems in planning or problem solving
- Taking more time to complete normal daily tasks
- Do not care for time
- Having difficulty in determining distance and distinguishing colors
- Difficulty negotiating
- Take a wrong decision because of poor estimation
- Isolation from social activities
- Changes in mood and personality and increased anxiety
Alzheimer's disease spreads to more areas of brain. Family and friends feel the change in your thinking and behavior.
- Problems in recognizing friends and family members
- Difficulty in language problems and working with reading, writing and numbers
- Difficulty to organize thoughts and think sensibly
- Inability to learn new tasks or deal with new and unexpected situations
- Inappropriate anger
- Perceptual problems, such as problems arising from raising a chair or establishing a table, repeating things or activities, and sometimes muscle jerks
- Depression, delusion, suspicion or insanity and irritability
- Problems with impulse control, such as using inappropriate language or bad language at places.
- Disturbances of behavioral symptoms such as batching excitement anxiety, crying and wandering
- Bladder and bowel control deficiency
- Weight event
- Skin infection
- Groaning, sighing or grunting
- Difficulty in swallowing
Some unavoidable risk factors for developing the Alzheimer condition include:
- A family history of Alzheimer’s
- Carrying certain genes
- Gradual memory loss
- Progressive cognitive impairment
Treatment & Support for Alzheimer’s disease
There are currently no specific tests or diagnosis available for Alzheimer, but if you feel that you or your near ones are suffering from such kind of situation, rush to an expert or psychologist. Experts can give diagnosis only after the entire medical examination.
At My Fit Brain, our Experts & Psychologists are here to provide support to the patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
- Drug Treatment (Medication)
Drug Treatment or we can say medicinal regime can temporarily ease the symptoms of lower down the progression for the Alzheimer’s patients. Here is a list of some drugs prescribed by the Psychiatrist or Experts to the person having moderate stage of Alzheimer or Dementia.
These medications may reduce anxiety, helps with memory problems, improve concentration and motivation, and help with aspects of daily living such as looking, shopping and many more.
- Care & Support
There are many ways to help someone with Alzheimer to stay independent and cope with changes such as memory loss. These include practical thinking like supporting the person to have a routine or use a weekly pill box.
These are other assistive technology products available such as electronic reminders and calendar clocks to see a range of change in behaviour and improve in the memory.
If someone is depressed or anxious, they may want to try talking therapist or a psychologist counseling may help the person adjust to the diagnosis. Many people attend counseling sessions to keep mentally active memory services. This can help with their memory, mood and well being.
- Other Activities
Keeping mentally, physically and socially active can have a very positive impact on a person with Alzheimer’s disease. They should try to keep up with activities they enjoy and may also want to try new ones like:
- Taking regular physical exercise such as swimming, walking, yoga, etc.
- Exercising mind by reading books or solving puzzles.
- Joining a group to sing, dance or make music.
- Performing art & crafts or other hobbies.
- Visiting a local museum or gallery or planning a small day trips.
Understanding the reason behind someone’s behaviour will help to support them. Assure them they have also opportunities for social interaction, life story work, music, exercise or other activities they enjoy or find useful. All these things should be tried and if they don’t work the person should be referred or advised to a specialist such as clinical psychologist or psychiatrist before drugs are considered.