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Alzheimer’s and Dementia

dementia-2Alzheimer’s and dementia are strongly linked because Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Dementia is the constant evolution of the atrophy (degeneration) of the brain’s cognitive functions. In the case of Alzheimer’s, abnormal protein build up happens in the brain which interferes with the way neurotransmitters pass impulses along the nerves to parts of the brain.

Both Alzheimer’s and dementia are associated with progressive memory loss and other functions that are attributed to brain degenerating. Natural brain atrophy and the los of cognitive function is a normal experience for humans as we age. However, with Alzheimer’s/dementia it is way beyond that which is considered the norm.

Alzheimer’s type dementia is extremely debilitating and the disease progress as quickly as 5 years but in some cases cans stretch to as long as 20 years.  The mental and physical disruption of Alzheimer’s type dementia can be very confusing and extremely difficult to cope with. But equally as difficult is the fact that as of this moment, there are no known cures or successful treatments available for Alzheimer’s patients.

Of all the types of dementia, only a very small percentage is reversible sadly Alzheimer’s is not one of them. Once a person has the disease there can be no slowing or stopping it. All one can do is be prepared for it’s inevitable effects. It is extremely important to try to ensure as much as possible that the patient’s friends and loved ones are educated in how the disease will progress to help them to deal with this unforgiving disease.

If you suffer from the very early stages of Alzheimer’s type dementia, it can be very difficult for you to accept or indeed understand what is happening to you. Often times, patients without realising it can create very difficult situations for themselves as well as for the people around them. For instance, people with Alzheimer’s type dementia can have the same conversation with the same person over and over again without realizing it.

For instance a person with Alzheimer’s type dementia can forget that they have just previously called a loved one to tell them something only to put the phone down and call right back to talk about the exact same thing. Or a loved one can answer the phone but they do not know who you are.  Situations like these can cause obviously cause difficulties which is why it is important for people with Alzheimer’s type dementia to have the proper care and understanding both from the medical fraternity and the family.

At some stage loss of correct judgment will inadvertently develop as the Alzheimer’s type dementia progresses which can place Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers in embarrassing and sometimes dangerous situations. The end result is that the only way to ensure safety is for patients to be supervised at all times. Eventually, patients will have to depend exclusively on specialized care for all their needs.  This will inevitably be the case for many sufferers and it is very important for patients and loved ones to be actively involved in choosing the right care facility

Treating people with Alzheimer’s type dementia with dignity and respect is vitally important throughout the duration of the disease.  These patients do not lost all ability to make judgments and remember important things, and should be consulted in terms of what facilities or type of professional care they think they would benefit from for as long as is possible to do so.

As a loved one of someone who has suffered from Alzheimer’s type dementia, it can be very hard and painful to witness the mental and physical degeneration that takes place with this disease. This can cause some negative emotions to surface as one comes to terms with the grief which can unwittingly be projected at the patient.

However, following the onset of the disease, when the patient is still conscious and trying to come to terms with it they can go through an even more painful process of accepting the disease and the probably consequences of it.

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Dave and Chris Ward
davejwward@outloook.com