“Alzheimer’s is the cleverest thief because she not only steals from you, but she steals the very thing you need to remember what’s been stolen” – Jarod Kintz
Alzheimer’s disease is the worst of all because it happens in stages and by the last, the patient scarcely remembers the bits of his life or has no remembrance of his life, sometimes not even his name. Forgetting things with age is understandable but having no recollection of one’s existence is frightening.
What are the risk factors for Alzheimer’s?
For any disease, some factors trigger and initiate it. The study shows that the following factors can trigger Alzheimer:
Age – A person’s age plays an important role, and reportedly Alzheimer’s patients have been found mostly in equal or above 65 years. After this age, the chances get double in every five years. By the time an individual reaches 85 years, the risk becomes one-third.
1• Genetics– Genes play a significant role in chronic diseases. Studies done by the renowned practitioners suggest that the two genes, i.e., risk gene and the deterministic gene determine whether a person will have the disease or not that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s gene. Thus, confirming the likelihood of anyone falling into the pitfall even if there is no family history.
2• Family history- Weall know that genes alter in the family and then pass on to the future generations. Therefore if any of the parent or sibling has had the disease in the past, then peers of the family can be highly prone to it because of heredity.
What are the early visible symptoms of the Alzheimer’s?
“To prevent the devastating effects of a catastrophic calamity, prepare for it beforehand ” is a famous saying. Similarly, if you wish to treat a disease, the early symptoms play a vital role. Here are some notable signs:
1. Memory Loss- It is the primary stage at which the patient starts losing track of time, events, and small instances. It makes you wonder until you start repeatedly asking the same thing.
2. Difficulty in carrying out routine tasks- A patient losing his memory may find hard to concentrate, which leads to difficulty in performing day-to-day tasks. Cooking, riding, and driving become questionable in such situations.
3. Making a judgment call becomes difficult- As the disease starts to progress, the patient finds it very difficult in making the smallest decision like what to wear, what or how to cook, where to keep the money, etc.
4. Vision loss- In some cases, vision impairment occurs. The patient cannot differentiate among the colors and contrasts. It gets tough on them to determine the distance while driving and faces difficulty in reading as well.
5. Difficulty in problem-solving- One of the very noticeable sign is people losing track of money, investments, bills, etc. They become incompetent in following a simple routine or performing simple math.
6. Inconvenience in determining the time and place- For the patients, it becomes very troublesome in remembering their location, at what time were they suppose to perform their tasks, who they were, what did they do, etc.
7. Misplacing the items- As an early sign, the patients tend to misplace small things. They even start losing track of where they have put it.
Along with the above signs, Alzheimer’s patients start experiencing mood swings including anxiety, confusion, depression, fearfulness, and more abrupt responses to natural things. This disease still does not have any cure; however, the medication can help in improving the memory loss. Experts highly recommend that caregivers must treat their dear ones with love and care and comfort them in every way.