Alzheimer’s Disease – The future for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease – The future for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease 


Alzheimer’s Disease – The future for someone with Alzheimer’s Disease 

The first thing to consider is that Alzheimer’s is a disease that develops slowly over long period of time. Once the disease has been diagnosed, which is when characteristic symptoms have been detected, then the disease progression is variable between people. This is something that future genetics exploring as we see this as a path to possibly to finding a cure.

Some people may live for several years after diagnosis whereas others show a rapid decline in brain function.

Given the nature of Alzheimer’s, it can be the cause of death.

However, most patients usually die of other reasons that are related to the loss of brain function. Alzheimer’s patients develop difficulties with swallowing food and as a consequence there is an increased risk of bits of food being inhaled into the lungs. This can result in chest infections. Loss of neurological functions results in many Alzheimer’s patients struggling to eat and have notably reduced appetites.

Given the issues with these basic functions there is an awareness that palliative care is required by patient that are at more advanced stages of the disease.

How can Alzheimer’s disease be prevented?

The factors and processes that cause the start of and development of Alzheimer’s disease is not fully understood. With these gaps in knowledge, it can be difficult to develop a cure or find an effective way to prevent the disease.

Although finding a way of preventing the disease is a challenge, future genetics is determined to find solutions to this debilitating disease. This said, there are five straightforward actions that can be taken by people to reduce the risk of or to delay of onset of Alzheimer’s disease which is characterized as a type of dementia.

These five actions are:

  1. Quit smoking.
  2. Reduce the of alcohol that is consumed.
  3. Have a well-balanced healthy diet.
  4. Exercise regularly.
  5. Remain mentally active. In addition to the benefits related to Alzheimer’s disease, adopting these five actions has other known benefits that relates to lowering cardiovascular risk and increasing a person’s general mental well-being.

More information on Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease falls under the banner of dementia. Dementia can have a profoundly challenging impact on an individual and their family and friends.

A diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease be a challenge and it is reasonable that a person will need support.

There are a number of government offices, NHS, and UK charities who provide help and support.

A GP can refer a person to a number of places where support available. I have also listed a few weblinks that may useful.