Alzheimer’s Progression

How it progresses

Alzheimer’s disease in few instances will progress slowly. In such cases, people will believe that the person is experiencing a normal way of life. Since the disease silently creeps in, it is best to visit your healthcare provider immediately. As soon as you notice changes in behaviors, speech, etc, it is time to seek help. In fact, if you have a family history of the condition, it is wise to continue frequent checkups. If the doctor can detect the disease at an early stage, likely he can take measures to prolong the disease.

How to handle diagnostics

If you doctor notes Alzheimer’s disease early, stay tuned since what you are about to learn will threaten your emotions. You will likely have many questions, which it is important that you ask your doctor. Do not feel like you are ignorant, rather ask questions, and learn willingly. Make a list of the questions you may have forgotten to take with you on the next visit. It is wise to remain open, as well as honest about the disease. Sometimes the information you hear will hurt, yet to learn you must accept the pain.

Once you have answers, it is time to take steps. You will need precise details of any changes. The list of changes should be written down, since it will help your doctor make wise decisions in treatment. In addition, the changes will help your doctor notice the stages, as well as the speed of progression.

How do I note changes?

Look for signs of memory loss. For instance, if the patient is telling you of his or her memories twenty years earlier, yet he or she cannot recall details about ten minutes earlier you have change. The change is a tale tells that the patient’s condition is progressing. If the patient finds it difficult to handle small tasks, it is likely the disease is progressing to the next stage.

As Alzheimer’s disease progresses to dementia, the patient will find it difficult to dress alone. The patient will forget how to button or zip his or her pants, dress, etc. The patient may put shirts on backwards. If you notice such changes, take notes and show your doctor upon the next visit. Again, the notes will help your doctor decide, which treatment is best for your loved one. In time, you will need to make painful decisions.

How Alzheimer’s affect you

In time you will need to make decisions that will cause you pain. For instance, as the patient progresses to the third stage of Alzheimer’s, he or she may become incompetent. Throughout the stages, the person will shift moods and may become aggressive or violent. In some instances the patient will kick, choke, pull hair, punch, etc, which you will need to learn steps in how to protect you without harming the patient. In time you may have to place your loved one in a nursing home.

Each day as the disease progresses, your pain will increase. You will watch your loved one-throw feces, fear water, fear darkness, and finally stop eating, talking, etc. In many instances at the final stage the patient will sit and stair aimlessly out the window, or at a wall. The person at this stage is readying for the ultimate symptom of Alzheimer’s, which is death.

To date, experts have not found a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, experts are looking more into the condition, searching effortlessly in an attempt to find a cure.

Alzheimer’s disease is claiming millions of minds annually. If you have a family history, take care and visit your healthcare provider frequently, since Alzheimer’s kill.

Lewy and Alzheimer Vascular

Lewy is a body dementia, which experts have discovered as being the cause of dementia. The condition causes involuntary loss of intellectual or mental functions. The progressive disorder targets the brain tissues, which it gradually deteriorates the tissues and nerve cells. Lewy bodies will often build up in the nerve cells, which start the progression of degeneration within various areas of the brain in and around the stem. The condition is prevalently causing symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease to emerge, yet many experts dispute its implication.

Men are the primary targets of “Lewy Body Dementia.” Unlike Alzheimer’s disease where the brain starts to form clusters of “beta amyloid plaque,” Lewy bodies will cluster. Lewy bodies will target the entire brain. The significance of this disease is that it produces alike or similar symptoms as that of Alzheimer’s disease.

Once a person has developed to the progressive stage of Alzheimer’s disease, he will begin to hallucinate. Lewy hallucinations are slightly different, since the visuals are vivid. In addition, Lewy bodies disable doctors from prescribing anti-psychotic medications, since the patient will respond reversely.

Lewy bodies also causes a person to drift daily, thus shifting mentally more dramatically than that of Alzheimer’s disease’s symptoms. Most people diagnosed with Lewy will feel sluggish, move slowly, and find it difficult to walk. This condition is far severe, since to date no present treatment has proven to relieve the patient. However, doctors will often use similar medications to treat Lewy, same as used to treat Alzheimer’s disease.

The stroke:
In addition to Lewy, another condition known as multi-infarct dementia or vascular dementia causes similar symptoms as Alzheimer’s disease. Vascular is caused by a series of strokes, or a single stroke. The condition causes dementia to arise. What happens is the brain becomes dysfunctional. The tissues are destroyed, (Infarcts) which is what causes the dysfunction. Men are the prime targets of this type of dementia. The condition can cause diabetes, as well as high blood pressure. Diabetes and/or high blood will damage the vessels, which stem to the brain.

Once vascular dementia sets in it begins to destroy tissues in the brain, which in turn blocks blood from flowing to the brain. The condition causes the patient to feel week and in some instances paralyzed. The person will experience loss of memory as well. Alzheimer’s disease once progressed will flow rapidly as it tears down the tissues and nerve cells. Vascular dementia will have its high and low moments. That is the disease will progress, slow, and re-progress later. The condition causes involuntary wandering, as well as weakness, which makes tasking a problem.

Alzheimer’s disease causes the personality to shift, as well as hindering judgment. Abstract thinking is interrupted when Alzheimer’s is present also. Dementia of this nature may not have the same affects.

In addition, vascular dementia can cause a person to loose sight, i.e. the ability to see effectively. Speech may be slurred and/or slowed as well. The patient may find it difficult to walk, since a limb may feel paralyze.

Doctors have not found a cure for this form of dementia. In some instances however, medications such as anti-coagulants will slow the symptoms. Aspirin is prescribed as well since the blood flow is blocked when vascular dementia is present.

Alzheimer’s disease symptoms include dementia. The forms of dementia must be reviewed and understand however before one can decide if their future poses a threat of Alzheimer’s disease. In this instance, it may be likely the patient will develop symptoms of Alzheimer. Still one must consider other types of dementia, including Pick’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and so on.