In America alone an estimated 5.7
million people are living with Alzheimer's and many go undiagnosed
and untreated until later stages appear. Early detection is possibly
the best weapon in the fight against any disease or disorder. Often
times, however, the tests get taken and/or are only accurate when
symptoms are already an issue.
In the future
this may be solved with a series of blood tests, taken over time,
which looks for an abnormal increase of a certain protein that exists
in the bloodstream.
Along with other declining mental states, Alzheimers is a diesease with many stages in cognitive function. Recognizing these stages might help you or a loved one with diagnosing Alzheimer's and formulating treatment plans.
Stage one is the baseline that indicates no mental decline is present. The symptoms of stage 1 Alzheimer's are undetectable and is referred to as no cognitive decline.
The second stage of Alzheimer's is where there is very mild cognitive delcine. This can be mistaken for typical aging forgetfulness like forgeting your keys or misplacing objects.
Why Early Diagnosis of Dementia is Important
By Adam Shepherd
Memory issues like Alzheimers and Dementia can be disorienting for the person affected and confusing for family and friends. Dementia is also a progressive ailment which means it starts out gradual and gets worse over time. While the effects are more subtle, early detection is crucial to prevent confusion and and worsenning symptoms later in the illness.
Firstly, and most importantly, early detection and diagnosis of Dementia means the patient and family have more opportunity to understand what is happening.
Infections are prevalent in elderly women and anyone using a catheter. There
are several bacteria responsible for infecting urinary tracts. One is
Escherichia coli, or more widely known as E. coli, and another is a bacteria
called Proteus mirabilis. These are the most common but if something can thrive
in the environment, and exposure is complete, many more bacteria can infect.
An old wives tale
says that cranberries help prevent UTIs and there may be some science to back
Often there is confusion over how to define Alzheimer's and Dementia and how they relate to each. To properly treat patients it's important to know the distinction. Not only so the right treatment goes to the right patient at the right time, but so the patients' family and friends have a better idea as to what to expect.
To define the differences we can start with some simple classification. Dementia is a syndrome which means it is a set of symptoms that don't point to a singular cause.
Humans and birds share something in common that doesn't exist
in the rest of the animal kingdom. The appreciation for music and the
urge to dance to it. Something about the order of the rhythm and the
journey of the melody trigger real emotions in us. They don't just
trigger emotions though. Just like aromas they can also trigger
memories that the brain has attached to certain songs, bands, or
genres. This makes music a unique tool for treating memory and
behavioral issues like Dementia and Alzheimer's Syndrome.
Alzheimer and Dementia patients can have many complications and it can be difficult, as an outside observer, to know what's going on. One such complication is a behavioral issue call Sun-downing that researchers and Doctors have reported occurs frequently in Dementia patients. Patients experiencing Sun-downing are said to have anxiety, restless, and irritability in the evenings. Besides general disruptions to the internal clock, there is also a state of confusion and disorientation that can have patients confusing dreams and reality.
in all it's types afflicts one in five adults over the age of 18.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form and is suffered by an estimated
thirty one million Americans.
of the more promising natural treatments are several compounds which
are found in Turmeric. Curcumin and a few supporting components make up
the class of chemicals known as curcuminoids. These compounds have
been known to have anti-oxidant properties but new studies are
researching their anti-inflammatory qualities.
Social Security for Baby Boomers
Some call it "The Silver Avalanche", I have also heard it described as the "Silver Tsunami". Either way, it will take a financial toll on our Social Security system.
On a cloudy day in 1945, a military vessel pulls into port and empties on to the shores. World War II has ended and The Great Depression is over. The country is stable and happy. Needless to say there were some very happy and healthy reunions. For the next couple decades, more babies were born than any generation that came before.
As you come to grips with an Alzheimer’s or other dementia diagnosis,
you may be dealing with a whole range of emotions and concerns. You’ll
no doubt be worried about how your loved one will change, how you’ll
keep him or her comfortable, and how much your life will change. You’ll
also likely be experiencing emotions such as anger, grief, and shock.
Adjusting to this new reality is not easy. It’s important to give
yourself some time and to reach out for help. The more support you have,
the better you will be able to help your loved one.