World Alzheimer’s Day – 2018

September 21.

Today is World Alzheimer’s Day.

Alzheimer’s is a psychological disease of forgetfulness. Today, we are here to empathize with the patients of Alzheimer’s Disease and their loved ones and caregivers.

Let’s begin.

Alzheimer’s is a neurological problem which leads to loss of memory and decrease of cognitive ability. It is more prevalent in the elderly. But if Alzheimer’s set in the early ages, patients often suffer with social marginalization owing to the lack of awareness among people. That is why, today, we will learn some basics of how to empathize with a person suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease.

The patients are not aware of their condition always. This makes things even more difficult for both the sufferer and the people around him.

The first thing you need to understand is that Alzheimer’s is not a curable disease. You may classify it as a degenerative disease; meaning, that once it sets in, all you can do is try and manage it better or try to prevent it from developing fast. But there is nothing you can do to undo the effects of the disease. So, when you communicate to an Alzheimer’s patient, patience is the key.

Like mentioned before, this condition gets worse with time. And as that happens a patient needs full support and care from his loved ones and caregivers. Because what is worse than having Alzheimer’s is having to live with it alone. Patient’s not only lose memory, they also lose their cognitive ability. Gradually, they become unable to recognize even close family members. When the effects of Alzheimer’s spread to physical aspects, patients may lose the ability to speak and forget his toiletry habits as well.

Management of Alzheimer’s include medical drugs and psychiatric counseling. Non-traditional treatments like yoga have also proved to be helpful in some patients. However, it’s not very easy to decide on a solid prescription because the imaging techniques cannot conclusively show the degeneration. Experts have to work on the basis of the symptoms. This is because, at earlier stages of Alzheimer’s Disease, it can look similar to another psychological disease called dementia. Nonetheless, at Medisys, we make sure that an Alzheimer’s patient gets the best possible treatment.

In India, health institutes offer support and guidelines for the caregivers on how to help the patient manage his disease better. You can know more about this disease here. Be informed, stay aware. Let’s join hands in managing Alzheimer’s Disease better.