Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disorder that leads to the gradual loss of memory and thinking capacity. It is the most common cause of Dementia (memory loss) and accounts for about 60 to 80 per cent of the 10 million cases that are diagnosed every year. Ageing is one of the major risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease but it can affect the younger population as well. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease as of now, however, proper treatment and care can help to slow down its progression and add some more years to the patient’s life.
What causes Alzheimer’s disease?
The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is not known, however, it is believed to be caused by the abnormal accumulation of proteins, like Amyloid and Tau, within and around the cells in the brain. There are multiple factors that could be responsible for it. These include:
What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?
A person suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is likely to experience mild memory loss initially and this worsens over time. The symptoms vary depending on the stage of the disease, and include:
When is the right time to see a doctor?
You should see a doctor as soon as you start experiencing the symptoms. These do not necessarily mean that you have Alzheimer’s disease and any conclusion can be reached only after thorough evaluation and assessment.
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