Symptoms and how to cope with Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of disease which affects the human brain wherein certain brain cells fail to function. The memory cells are the most affected in such cases along with other brain cells that help in computing. During the first and the second stage of this disease, it becomes difficult even for doctors to find out the symptoms of this disease mainly because they are unable to find out any particular symptoms associated with this disease. Infact, most of us tend to take it for granted that elderly people begin to lose memory due to their old age (remember this disease usually occurs in patients over 60 years of age) and hence stage one and stage two does not provide any kind of indication to people taking care of their family members who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

But when a patient reaches stage three, it becomes more relevant to know that they are suffering from this deadly disease because patients who reach stage three fail to recognize even their immediate family members, fail to remember their name and even fail to do simple math calculations. They might become perplexed and confused and even suffer from symptoms such as depression and anger. As the disease advances, they will tend to wander here and there and eventually even walk away from home and they will not even know where they are heading towards.

Sadly there is no cure even when the disease is diagnosed. However, certain things can be followed in such patients such as keeping them in safe homes under the guidance of a caretaker. Handling patients suffering from such disease who have crossed stage three can be quite a difficult job since there has been no treatment found for this disease. Counseling and family therapy might help the patient with some relief but their memory might never return.

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