Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is one of the top 10 causes of death in U.S. to which no cure has been discovered till date? It is ranked at position 6 in the list, with every 1 out of 5 people at risk of falling prey to Alzheimer’s at any point in time. By the year 2050, if no major breakthrough is made to meet the magnitude of this ailment, the number of victims is being speculated to increase by 3 times reaching a figure of 115 million.
What Is Alzheimer’s?
It is a degenerative disorder of brain that may occur as the person ages. Plaques of a protein called beta-amyloid and neurofibrillary tangles begin to develop in between cells (neurons) constituting the brain tissue. This leads to cognitive deficits due to degeneration of brain cells and a loss of connection between the existing neurons.
How Is Alzheimer’s Disease Different From Normal Aging?
As the age proceeds, it is quite common to start misplacing things or find it hard to remember all appointments of the daily schedule. This does not necessarily mean that you are developing Alzheimer’s disease. As long as you are aware of your memory decline and are trying to deal with it, by making notes in a diary or labeling sticky notes on drawers and cupboards; it cannot be Alzheimer’s. It is only a sign of forgetfulness due to aging if you are able to recall chores or appointments later and can manage your daily life activities independently like eating and driving.
Alzheimer’s Warning Signs — Who Is At Risk?
- People above age of 70 years
Here are the warning signs that shout out loud for Alzheimer’s disease
- Your loved one is having difficulty in managing his accounts and needs help by the spouse.
Famous Celebrities With Alzheimer’s Disease
- President Ronald Reagan (1911-2004): He made a public disclosure of his disease after the end of his presidency tenure.
Point To Be Noted
The Alzheimer’s disease has a very broad spectrum of mental impairment, varying from symptoms as subtle as misplacing your car keys to a severe dysfunction in eating food or visiting the washroom. But with the latest escalation in research programs, Alzheimer’s might no longer remain the ‘sentence of death’ that it currently is.