Alzheimer is a Serious unmerciful cruel disease which robs people of their memories. And it is not only hard on the patient who gets it, but it is really harder on the rest of the family too.
How cruel, hard and a heartbreaking status for a wife or a husband to realize one day that your partner whom you lived with for so many years, who may know you as he/she knows his/her own name, all of a sudden they do not recognize you…! there, is the cruelty of that disease.
Do you know why they call it Alzheimer?
- Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder named for German physician Alois Alzheimer (well that sounds like German alright) who first described it in 1906. Scientists have learned a great deal about Alzheimer’s disease in the century since Dr. Alzheimer first drew attention to it.
Today we know that Alzheimer is:-
1- a progressive and fatal brain disease.
2- Alzheimer destroys brain cells and it’s causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life.
3- Alzheimer gets worse over time, and it is fatal.
According to the latest statistics issued in UK, it shows the following:
1- There are an estimated 30 million people with dementia worldwide.
2-By 2050, it is projected that this figure will have increased to over 100 million.
3-Much of the increase will be in developing countries. Already more than 60% of people with dementia live in developing countries, but by 2040 this will rise to 71%. The fastest growth in the elderly population is taking place in China, India, and their south Asian and western Pacific neighbours.
4-Alzheimer’s disease accounts for more than 50% of cases of dementia in Caucasian populations, but this may not apply to other national or ethnic groups, and more research is needed in this area.
5-To estimate the numbers of cases of dementia, they apply prevalence rates from studies to population figures. Very little is known about the prevalence of dementia outside the more developed countries (Europe, North America, Australasia and Japan).
6-It is difficult to estimate the number of cases of dementia worldwide.
Dementia is a word for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. It is not a specific disease. People with dementia may not be able to think well enough to do normal activities, such as getting dressed or eating. They may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change. They may become agitated or see things that are not there.
Memory loss is a common symptom of dementia. However, memory loss by itself does not mean you have dementia. People with dementia have serious problems with two or more brain functions, such as memory and language.
Many different diseases can cause dementia, including Alzheimer Disease and stroke. Drugs are available to treat some of these diseases. While these drugs cannot cure dementia or repair brain damage, they may improve symptoms or slow down the disease.
How to reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease?
A- increase your consumption of the herb, Rosemary to your diet. Because Rosemary contains properties that may slow or stop the breakdown of neurotransmitters that are affected in Alzheimer’s patients.
B- Add Gingko-Biloba Add Gingko-Biloba supplement to your daily routine. Gingko-Biloba has been shown to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.
(Gingko-Biloba) is a unique species of tree. It is one of the oldest types of trees in the world. Ginkgo seeds have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and cooked seeds are occasionally eaten.
Common Names of that tree—ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba, fossil tree, maidenhair tree, Japanese silver apricot, baiguo, Latin Name—Ginkgo biloba
Today, people use ginkgo leaf extracts hoping to improve memory; to treat or help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia; to decrease intermittent claudication (leg pain caused by narrowing arteries); and to treat sexual dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, tinnitus, and other health conditions.
How Ginkgo Biloba Is Used
Extracts are usually taken from the ginkgo leaf and are used to make tablets, capsules, or teas. Occasionally, ginkgo extracts are used in skin products.
What does Science say about Gingko Biloba?
Numerous studies of ginkgo have been done for a variety of conditions. Some promising results have been seen for intermittent claudication, but larger, well-designed research studies are needed.
In this case, you should consult your doctor any way before taking any.
According the above images, this is how Gingko-Biloba looks like
C- It is highly recommended to keep your mind sharp and active, especially after retirement. For instance, play chess, do crossword puzzles, talk with people, read and keep current, Stay socially and physically active and be young at heart.
D-Vitamin E has been shown to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s symptoms. Speak with your doctor before adding Vitamin E to your routine because of possible drug interactions.
E- Do any kinds of sports that you like, walking, swimming, fitness exercises…etc in other words, be physically active.
Wish that one day soon in the near future, scientists can come up with a cure for that cruel disease. that is something we can all wish for, can’t we?