6 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour. Below are some common questions that help you to uncover the truth of Alzheimer’s and how you can raise its awareness

You would probably ask, is Alzheimer’s and Dementia the same?
Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is described in general as a loss of memory with serious cognitive disruption interfering with daily life. In other words, you can describe Alzheimer’s as the root cause of dementia and accounts for 60-80% of them.

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Is old age the root cause of Alzheimer’s?
You would picture Alzheimer’s and Dementia together with ageing. Studies have shown that an increase in age contributes to the risk of Alzheimer’s. However, you must not see Alzheimer’s as part of your normal ageing process. According to studies conducted, the majority of Alzheimer’s patients are from the age of 65 and above. Alzheimer’s begins in an early stage where you experience mild memory loss and are able to function independently. Conversely, as time progresses into the late stage, you lose the ability to carry on a conversation, inability to control movement and require intensive care.

What are some other signs of the early and late stage of Alzheimer’s?
In the early stage (mild stage), you will find it hard to remember names when introduced to new people; You experience difficulty in performing both social or work tasks; Easily forgetting material that was just read; Frequent losing or misplacing a valuable object. In late stage (severe stage), you would require assistance and intensive personal care; You lose awareness of recent experiences as well as of their surroundings; You experience challenges in performing simple physical abilities such as walking; You experiences difficulty in communicating or holding up a conversation; Your immune system weakens and vulnerable to infections, such as pneumonia.

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What are other risk factors besides the increase of age?
Genetic, head injuries and head-heart connection. Research shows that if you have a first-degree relative, for example, your parents, sibling, you are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Moreover, if you have more than one first degree relative, your risk factor is relatively on a higher scale. Head injuries resulting from accidents or sports-related injuries also places you at risk. This sings the same tune to the head-heart connection. With injuries and poor heart health, you place your brain in a poor nourished environment. This is due to damaged blood vessels and your brain cannot be nourished with oxygen.

What and how exactly does Alzheimer’s affect the function of the brain?
Your brain is made up of three main parts, cerebrum, cerebellum and brainstem. These three main parts are interconnected with a complex “highway” of nerve cells. When you are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, your nerve cells begin to experience cell death. Over a longer period of time, the size of your brain begins to shrink. As a result, your complex “highway” of the nerve cell is severely disrupted and loses the ability to perform the function of a brain.

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What needs to be done to raise awareness?
You can educate your employee about Alzheimer’s based on the published information. Alternatively, purple is the colour to raise awareness in the month of June. You can go purple on social media, decorate your office with a purple theme, host a purple with a purpose event and encourage the employee to wear purple for the month of June. Here is a tip for you if you are looking to raise a post on Facebook: Show your purple! June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and you can help raise awareness by going purple and sharing why you support the fight to end Alzheimer’s.

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