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Neurology

Alzheimer´s disease

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, affects the parts of the brain that are responsible for controlling thought, behavior, social skills, memory, and language.

Alzheimer´s  disease

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, affects the parts of the brain that are responsible for controlling thought, behavior, social skills, memory, and language. As this disease progresses, people who suffer from it will have trouble remembering the names of people they know or things that recently happened; in the same way, they will lose the ability to perform habitual tasks.

¿What are the causes of Alzheimer?

The cause of this disease is not precisely known. However, it may originate from genetic, environmental, or lifestyle factors.


Following are some of the causes in which Alzheimer's disease can occur.


  • Age

  • Family background

  • Genetics

  • Difficulty falling asleep or maintaining it

  • Having suffered severe trauma increases the risk of Alzheimer's

  • Having Down syndrome

  • Having mild cognitive decline

  • Having heart disease


Symptoms
As the disease progresses, the symptoms develop, we group the most common.

  • Memory loss

  • Difficulty concentrating on thinking

  • Trouble making decisions in everyday situations

  • Difficulty planning and carrying out activities

  • Changes in personality and behavior

Risk factor's
Risk factors that increase the likelihood of Alzheimer's are:

  1. Age, aging, most people with Alzheimer's are 65 years or older

  2. Family history, if any of the parents, siblings, or more than a relative has this disease, the chances of developing it increase.

  3. Genetics, there are two classes of genes that increase the risk of developing this disease:

  • Although the probability of developing the disease is high, risk genes do not guarantee that it will happen

  • Deterministic genes, anyone who inherits those genes will develop the disease

Diagnosis of Alzheimer
For the diagnosis of Alzheimer's, the doctor specialist in Neurology must carry out several evaluations, some of these are:

  • Medical history

  • Assessment of mental state and mood

  • Physical and neurological examination

  • Tests, blood tests, and brain imaging studies

Suffering from memory problems does not mean that you have Alzheimer's; other health problems can cause this problem.

Treatment of Alzheimer

There is no cure for Alzheimer's, however, medications administered by the doctor specialist in Neurology can slow down the development of symptoms and improve the quality of life of people who suffer from it.

Living with Alzheimer


Being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease is a tough situation; however, the right information and the support of your family and close ones can help you manage this disease.


Following are some of the things to consider that could help us to know how to deal with this disease.

 

  • Maintaining a healthy lifestyle could help improve quality of life

  • Family support is vital, understanding of common symptoms is required to react appropriately and be patient

  • Learn about Alzheimer's disease

  • Having written notes remembering important things can be very useful

  • Go to the doctor specialist in Neurology regularly

  • Find services and support near you

  • Do legal and financial planning

  • Seek help with daily tasks

  • Maintaining a weekly or daily routine is favorable

  • Ask the doctor to ask for a home safety assessment

  • See your doctor if you have trouble remembering directions, request an evaluation of your ability to drive

  • If you live alone, have an emergency contact, who can visit you frequently

  • If you are working, find a way to reduce hours or be in a less demanding position, use human resources and find out about disability benefits and family leave


¿When Should I Visit the Doctor?


The Neurologist is the specialist in charge of treating these types of diseases; he will be in charge of evaluating memory wear and other thinking skills.

The Neurologist will take care of doing a review of the medical history of the family history, neurological examinations, as well as a general physical examination.

 

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