CogniFit's Science blog: Alzheimer’s – A Difficult Problem With Some Hopeful Solutions

Alzheimer’s – A Difficult Problem With Some Hopeful Solutions

Alzheimer’s is a progressive neurological disease which has a significant impact on people and their families. We will discuss this difficult disease in more detail and review some helpful developments to treat this global problem.

No one knows for sure why Alzheimer’s develops in some people and why some people suffer from it earlier than others. It does appear that there are a number of factors which can have an effect.

Genetics appears to play an important role. If a close family member has suffered from the disease than you are typically at higher risk to develop it as well.

Other factors which can play a role include exercise, weight management and even certain mental conditions like depression. It has been found that sticking with a healthy diet and staying active and positive can be very positive and effective ways to delay or even prevent this difficult disease.

But even under the best of circumstances it can develop. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease which at first affects memory functions. Sufferers will be more forgetful. But as the disease progresses, they may forgot important things like names, addresses, events, or even close family members.

It can progress to the point where the person can lose the ability to understand language or take care of themselves. Eventually the sufferer dies when his/her body forgets how to function properly.

But there are some hopeful developments which have been shown to at least slow down the progression of the disease. There are also some key research projects which may eventually come up with a cure or at least a way to prevent or delay the onset of the disease.

Some techniques are surgical in nature while others are new drug therapies. For some reason sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease have protein growths in their brain. This disrupts the ability of the brain cells to transmit information and eventually kills them. Over time as more and more brain cells die, the mental functions and mental health certainly deteriorate as well.

Good progress has occurred in helping to prevent the formation of these protein growths. Some techniques may be able to eliminate existing growths and hopefully enable a sufferer to regain some or all of their mental functions.

In the meantime it is important to identify symptoms early so treatments can be applied in order to help to slow the progression and overcome some of the effects. It is also important to maintain a healthy and positive lifestyle to help as well.

This disease can be devastating to sufferers and their families. But the new developments and treatments will hopefully hold good promise and hope for solutions. It is important to keep your brain in shape.