Planning and performing familiar tasks


Many a times we find ourselves forgetting about simple thing like where we left our car care , what we were to get from the house or we were suppose to call somebody but we did not tthhis is a normal memory loss that occurs in allf us as human beings .But there are onditions in which one totally loses memory and is not capable of thinking about even the recent things that has just happened , this normally happens to the older people with the age above sixties, They are forgetting about even the most recent things that has juust happened .Have you asked your self what is normally wrong with them?

The abnormal memory loss that occurs at this age above sixty is as a result of Alzheimers’s disease , this is an irrevisible , progressive brain disorder that reduces the functionality oof the brain and destroyes the memory of an individual and the thinking capabilities making them not to be able too carry out simple tasks , it normally occurs in people at the age of thirty to sixty , and at this stage it is kown as Early onset , but I other people it occurs at ages above 60 and at this point it is known as the late onset type.

Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the shrinking of parts of the brain therefore affecting the structure and the functionality of a given area of the brain , the exact cause of this disease is not known but research also shows that in the affected brain area there is a deposition of protains and imbalance oof a chemical called acetylchloline

What makes one to be affected with this disease ?, Many factors are known to results in one getting affected with this disease and these includes


The likelihood of developing the condition doubles every five years after you reach 65 years of age.

However, it’s not just older people who are at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Around 1 in 20 people with the condition are under 65. This is called early onset Alzheimer’s disease and it can affect people from around the age of 40.

Family history

The genes you inherit from your parents can contribute to your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, although the actual increase in risk is small if you have a close family member with the condition.

However, in a few families, Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the inheritance of a single gene, and the risks of the condition being passed on are much higher.

Down’s syndrome

People with Down’s syndrome are at a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

This is because the genetic fault that causes Down’s syndrome can also cause amyloid plaques to build up in the brain over time, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease in some people.

Head injuries

People who have had a severe head injury have been found to be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Cardiovascular disease

Research shows that several lifestyle factors and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease can increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Smoking,Obesity,diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol

Having looked the causes of this disease we are therefore going to looked at what are the signs and symptoms of the disease , how do we know that one is suffering from this condition .

For this disease one has an increase forgetfulness , this is the sign that most of u will first experience and might conclude that it is the Alzheimers disease , over a period of time the diseas takes awy all the ability oof memory , moreso of the most recent events , it makes one to have difficulties in remembering things and organizing their thoughts

People with Alzheimer’s may:

· Repeat statements and questions over and over, not realizing that they’ve asked the question before

· Forget conversations, appointments or events, and not remember them later

· Routinely misplace possessions, often putting them in illogical locations

· Get lost in familiar places

· Eventually forget the names of family members and everyday objects

· Have trouble finding the right words to identify objects, express thoughts or take part in conversations

Thinking and reasoning

Alzheimer’s disease causes difficulty concentrating and thinking, especially about abstract concepts like numbers.

Multitasking is especially difficult, and it may be challenging to manage finances, balance checkbooks and pay bills on time. These difficulties may progress to inability to recognize and deal with numbers.

Making judgments and decisions

Responding effectively to everyday problems, such as food burning on the stove or unexpected driving situations, becomes increasingly challenging.

Planning and performing familiar tasks

Once-routine activities that require sequential steps, such as planning and cooking a meal or playing a favorite game, become a struggle as the disease progresses. Eventually, people with advanced Alzheimer’s may forget how to perform basic tasks such as dressing and bathing.

Changes in personality and behavior

Brain changes that occur in Alzheimer’s disease can affect the way you act and how you feel. People with Alzheimer’s may experience:

· Depression

· Apathy

· Social withdrawal

· Mood swings

· Distrust in others

· Irritability and aggressiveness

· Changes in sleeping habits

· Wandering

· Loss of inhibitions

· Delusions, such as believing something has been stolen

I know upto this point most of us are now wondering , if they are suffering from this disease since they find some of the signs and symptoms that we have discussed are parts of them , ok it not advisable for us to worry even if we are suffering from the disease , because scientist are working day and night to come up with a cure of the disease , there are some treatment , and prevention measure that have been put in place to help cub the disease .

Right now, there’s no proven way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Research into prevention strategies is ongoing. The strongest evidence so far suggests that you may be able to lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by reducing your risk of heart disease.

Many of the same factors that increase your risk of heart disease can also increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Important factors that may be involved include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, excess weight and diabetes.

The Mediterranean diet — a way of eating that emphasizes fresh produce, healthy oils and foods low in saturated fat — can lower the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and stroke. This diet has also been associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Keeping active — physically, mentally and socially — may make your life more enjoyable and may also help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.

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