What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s Disease is one of a group of disorders called dementia. It causes loss of memory, trouble with thinking and cognitive functions and difficulties with normal behavior.
The symptoms usually take a long time to show themselves clearly, getting worse as time passes, and eventually become so strong, that the patient has problems performing even the smallest of daily tasks.
Among the dementias, Alzheimer’s is the most common form.
Dementia is the term used to describe the loss of intellectual abilities to the point of interference in daily activity.
Between 50 and 80 percent of all dementia patients are Alzheimer patients.
The largest risk factor for the development of this illness is aging. The vast majority of patients are above the age of 65. About 5 percent are early-onset ( or young-onset) Alzheimer patients. This can start showing itself when they are in their 40’s or 50’s.
Alzheimer’s disease increases in severity gradually over several years.
Initially, memory loss seems to be not much more than normal forgetfulness, but in the latest stages of the disease, people can no longer participate in a normal conversation or interact with the surrounding environment.
In the US, Alzheimer’s disease rates Nr. 6 as a cause of death. People with the diagnosis Alzheimer’s live between 4 and 20 years after their symptoms become noticeable, depending on many factors involved in the general state of their health.
No cure is presently known against this illness. Many treatments are known and available against the symptoms.
And the search for the cure continues…