What you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease
On the initiative of the International Organization for the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, September 21 is the World Day to combat this disease in 70 countries around the world.
Such close attention to this disease is due to the fact that the population is rapidly aging, and there are still no medicines that could cure Alzheimer’s disease or at least slow down its development. Such an unusual name of the disease was given by the name of the German psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer, who first described this most common type of dementia in 1906. Since then, 112 years have passed. During this period, Alzheimer’s disease has become a real epidemic and a serious problem of modern health care.
As is commonly believed, this disease affects mainly the elderly. Up to half of all people over 85 years old have a history of Alzheimer’s disease. However, this disease can become a companion of young people aged about 30 years. Moreover, manifesting itself at a young age, the disease proceeds much more intensively and develops faster. In women, Alzheimer’s disease is 10 times more common than in men.
Nowadays, Alzheimer’s disease has become something common. People talk about it when they mean memory disorder and related behavior. But how much do we really know about her?
Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease. It begins with the deterioration of short-term memory. As progress progresses, long-term memory, speech, a person ceases to recognize familiar people, places, ends with the inability to get out of bed and death.
The inheritance of this disease is a rather controversial opinion. Indeed, 5% of cases have such a hereditary pathology. However, the majority of Alzheimer’s patients still do not have any relatives who suffer from this disease. Most often, the disease is hereditary in people who have the disease began after 40 years.