Alzheimer's Disease

May 19, 2024
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How would it be when you are robbed of your memory?   

That's what Alzheimer's disease does. It slowly destroys your memory and thinking powers and eventually puts you in a situation where you struggle to carry out everyday activities.  

You should not be surprised to see elderly who have a tough time remembering recent events but easily recall events that happened years ago. They might forget their name and location, family members, their names, and the relationship they share.  

Alzheimer's disease contributes to DEMENTIA- the loss of cognitive functioning like thinking, remembering, and reasoning among older adults. The brain tissue breaks down over time, and it generally happens to people over the age of 65. 

People can live with Alzheimer's disease for just a few years or a few decades, and women are more prone than men. It is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer. When he examined the brain of a woman who died of an unusual illness, he found many abnormal clumps (that are now called amyloid plaques) and tangled bundles of fibers (that are now called neurofibrillary, or tau, tangles). These plaques and tangles are the main features of Alzheimer's disease. Several complex brain changes have a role in this condition. Another significant feature of Alzheimer's disease is the loss of connection between nerve cells.  


  • Memory loss  
  • Inability to focus  
  • Struggle to ordinary activities
  • Confused and frustrated
  • Extreme mood swings  
  • Emotional outbursts  
  • Disoriented and getting lost  
  • Odd style of walking and
  • Poor coordination and trouble communicating

Causes and Reasons

It is not part of the aging process in human beings but a progressive neurologic disorder. Alzheimer's disease kills the brain cells and brain to shrink (atrophy). However, genes play a role in the disease.  


There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease. And, there's no prevention. However, it is possible to modify risk factors by changing lifestyles. Diet and exercise to reduce cardiovascular disease risk might help lower your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and other disorders that cause dementia.

Consult your doctor for a detailed medical examination and treatment. 

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