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Alzheimer's - Important Info
Written By : M. Lieberman 
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When someone in your family or maybe even a close friend has Alzheimer's disease, you tend to make a concerted effort to gather information on the disease, so that you can decide what you can do next. How do you decipher from all of the scientific and technical information, something easily understood, that you can tell other family members why their grandmother, grandfather, aunt or uncle does not know who there are anymore?

Alzheimers disease or dementia is one type of a mental disorder. Dementia is actually a type of brain disorder. This condition can seriously effect the brain's normal ability to process both rational or normal thought. It can also inhibit many of the daily routine activities of the people who suffer from it. This disease or condition affects the area of the brain that controls the thought processes, memory and language.

This disorder is a very serious illness that controls the memory ability of the brain, the ability to learn, making decisions that are rational decisions and a diminished capacity to function routinely. This horrible, even devastating disease destroys the lives of millions of people every year, specifically loss of their memories, loss of their personalities and the ability to complete simple daily activities.

For a long time, most people believed there was nothing available to prevent the development of this horrible disease; that it would be something that would affect people upon reaching the so-called golden years. But with the advances in medicine and technology, new research now indicates that there things to help prevent Alzheimers disease.

The major symptom or indication of Alzheimers disease is the loss of one's memory. Most people over 65, seem to get concerned when they with Alzheimers disease at the first signs of forgetting things. Although forgetfulness is an actual sign of the disease, there are other signals associated with the condition. It helps to be as knowledgeable as you can about Alzheimers and be familiar with the other signs or symptoms. The more you know, the better it will be for not only the health of your loved one, but also for your own health and piece of mind.

When you hear the news or are made aware that a family member friend has been diagnosed with Alzheimers it can be both a very emotional and devastating moment in a person's life.

Prior to the actual diagnosis of Alzheimers, the patient must go through a series of both laboratory tests. These include both detailed medical assessments and extensive laboratory measurements. At the present time, there is no single definitive test that will accurately give a diagnosis of Alzheimers.

Physicians have devised a set testing tools that can help to detect the symptoms of Alzheimers disease in its earliest stages. But, at the present time, there is not a single diagnostic test that can be used to determine if a person actually has Alzheimers disease. The set of testing tools currently available makes it possible for physicians to diagnose Alzheimers with a high degree of accuracy. The actual testing for Alzheimers disease can take from one day to several weeks. so that an accurate and proper diagnosis made.

It must be understood that an Alzheimers test is important. It will help differentiate between normal memory loss that occurs with age and actually having Alzheimers. In some cases an Alzheimers test is not necessary. because Alzheimers disease affects more than just a person's memory. This terrifying condition can make people think they see things that are not really there and precipitate episodes screaming fits.

If you think your loved one or friend is beginning to become senile or they are experiencing other symptoms of dementia, you may want to suggest that he/she should go through the Alzheimers testing process. It is a sad fact, but the only way doctors can diagnose Alzheimers, with 100% accuracy, is by physical examination of the brain during an autopsy.

Anyone who lives with Alzheimers experiences a debilitating and crippling condition for both the individual suffering from the disease and members of the family.

There can be many moments where there is a misunderstanding or confusion for most of the people involved and the symptoms can cause severe frustrating and be difficult to manage. The loss of the individual's memory and other symptoms can often cause alienation or immense separation with members in the family and can create serious nervous tension on the strained relationships. This can be avoided or minimized if adequate information is made available and used by all of the parties involved.

Searching for or seeking recommendations for in-house Alzheimers help does not need to become an emotional project for the entire family. The issue should be tackled in a systematic and organized way, from evaluating all options, to the actual planning. Sit down as a group and evaluate the needs of both the intended family caregiver and the patient. From this point, you can create job lists and a set of straight forward guidelines that will be easy to follow.

To care for someone with Alzheimers can try the patience of anyone. You will benefit from all of the support that is available to you, in addition to all of the latest and most significant information and research on Alzheimers. This can be a very confusing time and simply put, the more you know about Alzheimers, the better off everyone will be. You will be more confident in your ability to provide the best possible care and support for your loved one.

It is also beneficial and important to build a network of support people, who will be available to assist you, but also help you avoid the problem of caretaker burnout.

 
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