Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common factor behind dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities that tend to interfere with one’s daily routine. It can impact one’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Early diagnosis and prompt medical attention can help the patient to improve their quality of life.
Millions of people all over the world are living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or dementia. Moreover, the number will double in the coming years. “Alzheimer’s impacts memory, thinking, and behavior. One will be unable to do his/her daily chores with ease due to Alzheimer’s. It is commonly seen in older people and is a chronic disease. Having a family history of it can put you at risk of it. There’s no cure for Alzheimer’s yet, but treatment can slow the progression of the disease. Early detection is necessary for appropriate treatment,” said Dr. Dr Amit Shobavate, Internal Medicine Expert, Apollo Spectra Mumbai.
Dr Kavita Barhate, Neurologists SRV Mamta Hospital, Dombivali, highlighted, “Many people tend to forget at some point of time. But, those with Alzheimer’s disease will exhibit frequent signs of forgetfulness on a daily basis. Those with AD may showcase signs such as memory loss, trouble with speech or writing, becoming disoriented about times or places, withdrawal from friends, and family, confusion, irritability, and frustration. Family history, age, genetics, smoking, and depression are the risk factors of it. Not managing AD at the right time can lead to wandering, infections fall, hallucination, dehydration, and malnutrition as one may forget to drink and eat. It is imperative to detect it on time, and seek help.”
Dr Shobavate Added, “To detect Alzheimer’s disease, the doctor will conduct a thorough examination. MRI can help to look for inflammation, bleeding, and structural issues in the brain while CT scans take X-ray images, for checking abnormal characteristics in the brain. One will have to take medication, physical and cognitive behavioral therapy, and counseling. Lifestyle modifications such as managing blood pressure, quitting smoking, weight loss, eating a nutritious.