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Alzheimer's disease is a disorder in which there is a radical disintegrating of brain tissue. It is described by a decrease in psychological and emotional capabilities.

What to look for…

Mood changes: depression, agitation, anxiety, selfishness, childish behaviour, paranoia.
Loss of memory for recent events, confusion, disorientation, inattention, inability to retain new information, dizziness and tendency to misplace things.
The loss of the memory, knowledge, and speech disorder in a person affected by this illness. The world begins to change because they cannot function as they once had .- Ordinary arithmetic skills are impossible and it is very hard for them to keep their attention on one thing for too long.
Emotional mood swings occur ending up with the person becoming disoriented. Alzheimer’s patients often become absentminded and may commonly wander off and cause havoc for their families. Finally, the person may become totally introverted, and will not be able to communicate, being helpless, and uncontrolled. This disease is normally fatal.
Once diagnosed with this disease, the person normally lives for about 7 years. However the person may continue to survive for longer

Causes

 

Numerous people develop Alzheimer's as they become older, however, this disease is not an ordinary process of getting older.
The ongoing loss of brain function that describes Alzheimer's disease seems to be due to two main forms of nerve damage: Nerve fibers grow tangled, and protein deposits known as plaques build up in the affected tissue areas. Researchers do not know why or how this happens.
Another theory believes that aluminium from cookware, for example, may lead to Alzheimer's. But this has not yet been proven. Too much zinc in the diet has also been sited as a possible factor but this is also debatable.
In a minority of these cases, strain may be a contributing factor. About 15 percent of Alzheimer's sufferers have a history of a head injury.

Personal Care

 

Try to maintain a stable and familiar household. Have the person wear an ID bracelet with a phone number on it so that they can contact the families if they get lost. Talk to the Alzheimer’s patient about old memories or positive events that happened a long time ago. It will be something they can remember and recall.
See organizations or professional companies that may help you and your loved one cope.
Although some studies indicate a link between Alzheimer's and zinc, doctors do not encourage you to attempt to limit your daily intake. Talk to your doctor in depth about this.

When to seek further professional advice

 

When someone in your family is displaying signs of this disease.
 

Alternative/Natural Treatments

 

The treatment of Alzheimer's with alternative remedies may also help to slow the growth of the disease or help with the symptoms of it.

Chelation Therapy - This is a non surgical way of removing the traces of obtained metals such as aluminium in the body. This process may have side effects so it is important to seek medical advice before attempting this surgical process.

Herbal Therapies - Ginkgo Biloba extract is said to relieve early symptoms of Alzheimer's.
Also taking good antioxidant vitamin supplements may help in the early stages of this disease. The following Vitamins are very helpful: Vitamins A, B, C and E

Dietary considerations - Try to avoid eating deep fried foods and other foods with unsaturated fats such as fast food and butter. Try to eat more fish ,fruit and vegetables and also steamed white meat. Avoid salt, sugar, alcohol and caffeine. Drink plenty of filtered water daily.

Homoeopathy - Seek Professional help for remedies that may help in treating uncommon or disruptive behaviour.

Traditional Treatment

 

Unfortunately Alzheimer's disease can not be cured. There are treatments that can slow the outbreak of the disease, however, taking care of an Alzheimer's patient is often very stressful for family members. Eventually, full time nursing care will be necessary.

The information contained in this Site/Service is not intended nor is it implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice or taken for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Author - Body and Mind

Published - 2013-01-17