Alzheimer’s—A Debilitating Disease with Devastating Effects

September 21, 2012 “World Alzheimer’s Awareness Day”

September is a month when we shed the carefree mentality of the summer and buckle down to tackle the work of autumn. It is also a time when we, as a united world, come together to raise awareness of a disease that, quite literally, attacks our minds and spirits. This disease is Alzheimer’s (AD).

First described in 1906 by German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer; AD is a progressive disease with no cure, most commonly found in people age 60 and older, which eventually results in death. With a new case reported almost every four seconds, the disease affects 38 million people worldwide. By destroying brain cells and nerves, the disease disrupts transmitters that directly affect our emotions, behaviors, thinking and memory. This damage to the brain can result in irritability, speech difficulties, delusion, exhaustion and many other consequences.

With scientists, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuropathologists and many other scientific minds working on an answer; we as a world need to come together in support, until a cure is found. The disease can be devastating both to the person afflicted as well as their relatives, friends and caregivers. Caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease becomes increasingly difficult as the disease progresses and ravages the mind. It takes extraordinary love and patience to work through the confusion and delusion of a mind thrown into an unstable state.

As a cure is yet to be found, the best precaution is to take certain preventative measures thought to lower the risk of later onset. While none of these are proven to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, they have been recommended by scientists as worthwhile precautions.

  • Stay mentally and socially active (e.g.-play chess, memory games, socialize regularly, etc).
  • Maintain a low blood pressure.
  • Increase antioxidant consumption by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat cold-water fish (e.g. – tuna, salmon and mackerel).

U.S. National Library of Medicine,

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