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- World Alzheimer's Day 2020 How Covid19 Affects Alzheimer's And Dementia Patients
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- Brain cells that control memory begin to dry up, which results in a falling memory.
- At this time, care of Alzheimer's patients is more important, because neither vaccine has come nor treatment of Alzheimer's is possible.
Alzheimer's means amnesia. Especially you need to be alert if you or someone close to you is struggling with this disease during the coronary period. There are two reasons for this. First, recent research published in the journal Nature says corona can damage the brain. If the virus reaches here, brain hemorrhage, stroke and memory loss may occur. The risk of memory loss is higher in such patients.
Second, US-based neurologist Marla Brunes says if Alzheimer's patients are kept in isolation, their condition may worsen. Loneliness will weaken his memory further, how much he will be able to remember from Corona is a big challenge.
Today is Alzheimer's Day. on this occasion Dr. Sumit Singh, Director of Neurology at Artemis Hospital Gurugram, Dr. Joy Desai, Head of Neurology Department, Jaslok Hospital, Mumbai, and American neurologist Marla Brunes. Know what is Alzheimer's and how to deal with it during the corona era ….
1. What is Alzheimer's?
It is a neurological disorder that destroys brain cells. When this happens, it directly affects the mind. Decision-making ability of the patient decreases. The nature changes and memory decreases. As the age increases, this disease also increases. The patient also has problems in performing everyday tasks. Alzheimer's is an aging disease.
2. Understand the difference between Alzheimer's and dementia
Often people cannot differentiate between Alzheimer's and dementia. Dementia means memory loss. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia. Dementia is of two types. First, one whose treatment is possible. Secondly, one who has no cure ie degenerative dementia, Alzheimer's is also a disease of this category.
Brain cells that control memory begin to dry up. The effect of which is seen as a falling memory and it is impossible to recover.
3. What are the things to keep in mind during the Corona era?
Alzheimer's patients need special attention, it is important to give them more attention during the corona period. It is very important to tell them three things. The first is to avoid getting out. Second, if an outsider comes into the house, stay away from it. Third, do not panic with news of the epidemic. Fear and nervousness will directly affect the mind in the form of stress.
Many times they can forget these things despite you telling them, so take care of them with patience. Wash hands with soap. Do not stop talking to them. Include these in small household chores.
4. How does this disease occur?
This disease is caused by the formation of a special type of tau tangles protein in the brain. This interferes with the interconnection of the nerve cells and the interactions between them, so that the person is not able to balance correctly. In some people it is also genetic. Not being physically active, obesity, diabetes, head injury, hearing impairment are some of the reasons for this disease.
5. Is it possible to treat it?
There is no exact treatment yet. It can be detected only on the basis of symptoms. For this, the doctor examines the brain changes caused by mental tests, CT scans, MRI and the symptoms that appear due to it. However, its effect can be reduced by improving some medications and symptoms.
6. To what extent does it affect the body?
There is also a problem of telling any kind of pain in patients with diminished memory. When the disease is severe, there is a risk of swallowing food, balancing, intestinal and urinary related diseases.
7. When and how did Alzheimer's Day begin?
The first case of Alzheimer's was presented on 3 November 1906 by German psychiatrist Dr. Alois Alzheimer's. Hence this day was named Alzheimer's Day. In 2012, after the demand for Alzheimer's Day in many countries of the world, a date for this was also fixed on 21 September.
The first Alzheimer's Day began as a campaign aimed at changing the habit of hiding the disease in most people. Alzheimer's Day is the theme of 2020. Let's talk about dementia. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia.