Treatment of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that impairs memory and other vital mental functions. Alzheimer’s is known to be the most common cause of dementia which leads to loss of social and intellectual skills. In the early stages of the disease, memory loss is mild. In severe cases, the patient may even lose the ability to respond to the environment or even hold a conversation.

CAUSES OF ALZHEIMER’S
Less than 5% of the occurrences, Alzheimer disease is caused by certain genetic changes that may lead to development of the disease. There are also two types of abnormalities which cause loss of memory; plaques and tangles. Plaques are clumps of protein that destroy and damage cell to cell communication. On the other hand, tangles interfere with the transport of nutrients and other essential materials in the brain, thus leading to death of brain cells.

PHARMACEUTICAL OPTIONS
There are two types of drugs that can be used to treat cognitive symptoms of memory loss.

  • Memantine: this drug works by improving brain cell network and communication. It also slows the progression of the Alzheimer’s symptoms from moderate to severe.
  • Cholinesterase inhibitors: these drugs works by enhancing brain cells communication chemical which might be depleted by the Alzheimer’s disease. Less than a half of the patients who use these drugs can expect to have any improvement. The common prescribed cholinesterase inhibitors include galantamine, rivastigmine and donepezil. However cholinesterase inhibitors are associated with side effects such as sleep disturbances, diarrhea and nausea.

CREATION OF SUPPORTIVE AND SAFE ENVIRONMENT
Loss of short term memory can be reduced by converting the living condition to the needs of Alzheimer’s patient. Some of the strategies that can be used to assist patients are removal of excess clutter and furniture, reduction of the number of mirrors and installing sturdy handrails in bathrooms and stairways, among others.

EXERCISE
Exercise is important for the wellness of those with Alzheimer’s. Non-sedentary activities such as walking and biking maintain health, improves mood, brain health and prevents cognitive decline. However, it is advisable for the persons with Alzheimer’s to carry identification if he or she walks unaccompanied. Alzheimer’s people with walking disability may participate in chair exercises or use stationary bike.

NUTRITION
Since people with Alzheimer’s may forget to drink or eat , it is important to offer them with high calorie smoothies, healthy shakes, omega 3 fatty acids, juice, water, and nutritious beverages. These diets would improve their heart and cognitive health. Caring for the people with Alzheimer’s can help them to cope with the condition by providing support, listening to them and reassuring them that everything would be fine. Stable and calm home environment t is necessary in reducing behavior problems. Patients should be given emotional and physical support in order to improve patients’ cognitive health.

The disease mostly affects people over 60 years of age. In 2006, there were 26.6 patients globally. It is predicted to affect 1 out of 85 people worldwide by 2050. This condition may cause steady decline in mental and memory functions. Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease but management and medication strategies can be used to temporarily improve symptoms.

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Prevention: How to Reduce Your Risk and Protect Your Brain

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Prevention: How to Reduce Your Risk and Protect Your Brain.

I love this list of things to do to protect my brain. I was worried at first at the generalization of “healthy diet” but there is a call out that specifies things like fatty fish, blueberries and that sort of thing too. I worry about the people who “think” they are eating a “healthy” diet because they are doing what the government or media says is healthy, like buying all those fat/sugar/salt-free things that are being stuffed instead with chemicals, carbs or each other (fat free getting more sugar for example).

Let’s eat around the perimeter of the store, that’s our first step I believe!! Or even better at the local farmers/fish market!

My grandmother was THE socialite of her community, got her beauty rest starting by 8pm nightly, and did her best to keep her weight down, because she wanted to be ‘healthy’ and beautiful. I think that this is in part what led to her dementia, was her being malnourished via her disciplined diet of not eating enough food.

Let’s all have family dinners and feed everybody some good wild caught Alaskan salmon and/or grass-fed beef tonight!!

Exercise to Prevent Alzheimers

Memory related problems could surface in several forms, and Alzheimer’s is the most common of them all. Frankly, there is no cure for the ailment that normally is known to become worse with the passage of time. Timely intervention, however, might delay the deterioration and even assist in memory improvement and inhibit dementia.

It is best to prevent Alzheimer’s and take precautionary measures to maintain mental health through physical and mental exercises. Not only will this avert mood swings but also keep anxiety at bay. Repetitive exercises such as indoor cycling, vacuuming, folding laundry, and walking are ideal because the patient does not have to think too hard regarding the next move. Such activities do not by themselves improve memory but gives suffer a sense of accomplishment and emotional satisfaction.

A doctor must be consulted before beginning any exercise regimen. The health care professional can decide on physical exertion in view of symptoms, age, fitness, and stage of the illness. One could choose from a wide spectrum of exercises that have been known for their positive impact on Alzheimer’s prevention. Patients who engage in physical exercise are less liable to be institutionalized due their behavioral problems.

Swimming, gym work, music and dance, Tai chi/qigong, aerobics, seated exercises, and any hobby or physical activity can be taken up. The most important factor to bear in mind is that work out should be enjoyable and safe. If it causes any discomfort or illness, it must be discontinued immediately. Gardening can provide a good outlet to be physically and mentally active and check depression. Warming up at the beginning and cooling off at the end are important.

Brain exercises such as solving puzzles and playing indoor games is a good way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. These also improve reasoning power, delay cognitive decline and improve speed of information processing. At any given point of time, the focus should remain on keeping the patient mentally and physically active, happy, and keep him or her protected against injuries, falls, and fractures.

Green Tea May Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Say Four New Studies – Forbes

Green Tea May Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, Say Four New Studies – Forbes.

What an exciting finding! If we can just add green tea to our daily routine and it helps prevent alzheimer’s then we are in great shape!

Many other studies have indicated that coffee can be useful in preventing this memory disease, it is good to see that there are lots of options available whether you prefer coffee or green tea.

Steps we can take to prevent dementia and Ahzheimer's