What if one fine morning while logging into your Facebook profile, you are unable to recollect your password? Or, what if you are unable to recall names or the faces of people that were once very familiar to you? What if you are having a really hard time to learn some new information but in spite of making repeated attempts, you cannot do the same?
Known as the most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is a general term for memory loss and intellectual disabilities which can get serious enough to create disturbances in one’s life while performing the daily activities. It is a neurodegenerative disease which although slow in its initial stages worsens as time progresses.
- Given below are some of the symptoms that will help you to figure out if any of your loved ones has been suffering from this disease lately:
- Inability to perform extremely familiar tasks at home or work.
- Facing serious difficulties in grasping or remembering new information.
- Inability to perform complicated tasks involving calculations.
- Frequently misplacing things and inability to keep track of his/her own activities.
- Losing track of seasons, months or days.
- Tendency to surrender and refraining from taking a part in most of the social events.
- He/she tries to develop very specific ways of doing certain things and tends to get highly agitated when his/her routine is disturbed.
- Inability to make decisions concerning money matters.
- Difficulty in finding the right word for the right thing /vocabulary-related problems.
- Sudden mood swings.
- What is the cure?
For a long time there has been practically no treatment that could cure an Alzheimer’s patient except for drug and non-drug care which can only better the condition but cannot fully cure the disease. Doctors are of the opinion that talking therapies can also help the patients to a certain extent.
However, very recently, a non-invasive ultrasound technology has been developed by the Australian researchers with the help of which neurotoxic amyloid plaque-structures can be cleared out from the brain as they are mostly held responsible for memory loss.
- Did you know?
Since the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 60 and older, most of the people mistake Alzheimer’s disease to be a mere sign of aging and think that it is absolutely normal to forget things once you cross the age of 65. But doctors are clearly of the opinion that one can be a victim even in his 40’s and 50’s, thus proving it to be a pure misconception.
- Several filmmakers from all over the world have handled this complex subject with a great deal of grace and dignity.
Following are some of the movies which depict what life is actually like with Alzheimer’s disease:
Still Alice (2014), A Song For Martin (2001), The Notebook (2004), U Me Aur Hum (2008), Away From Her(2006), Mai (2013), Poetry (2010), Memories Of Tomorrow (2006), Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me (2014).
It is a matter of immense pain to see your loved ones as victims of Alzheimer’s. However, if the person is handled with constant love and support, the entire experience will tend to appear less horrible if not entirely so, for who on earth can deny the power of love?