What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder in which some of the brain cells start to die causing impaired mental functioning. This can happen during middle or old age since the brain cells generally start to degenerate.
What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?
- Memory loss
- Difficulty in thinking and reasoning
- Difficulty in completing familiar tasks at home and outside
- Withdrawal from work and social activities
- Difficulty in holding a conversation
In order to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, your primary doctor, your neurologist or your geriatrician (doctor who treats older adults) will examine your previous medical history and take a closer look at the symptoms you are experiencing. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may also conduct several tests such as
- Genetic testing: Researchers have identified that certain genes increase the risk of acquiring Alzheimer’s disease.
- Neurological exam: Your doctor will closely examine you to analyse any signs that signify any problem or symptoms of brain disorders. The doctor will possibly check the patient’s reflexes, muscle co-ordination and strength,speech, eye movement.
Medicine and non-medicine, both treatments can help to ease the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
Create a safe and supportive environment
Caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients often find that it