Seniors how much do you know about Alzheimer’s? Alzheimer’s is an overwhelming condition that affects many seniors today. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia older individuals are diagnosis with, it is one of the many forms of dementia that occur to unsuspecting seniors. Alzheimer’s is now the sixth leading cause of death in America, and more than 5 million Americans are living with the disease. The sad fact it one in every three seniors will die as a consequence of Alzheimer’s of another form of dementia.
Alzheimer’s along with other forms of dementia is devastating for individuals and their caregivers. The caregivers suffer as much as the individual with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Many times it is the caregiver that gets forgotten with Alzheimer’s and experience from depression and loneliness and confusion. The responsibility of care-giving has a high cost on family member and friends. Alzheimer’s caregivers face uniquely difficult challenges. A difficult challenge includes seeing your loved one not recognizing you at times. Another difficult challenge is watching your loved deteriorate mentally and physically. These challenges lead to the stress and grief cause by indistinguishable loss. It is not surprisingly, that individuals who care for individuals with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia endure high levels of emotional stress.
Researchers are slowly making headway in understanding Alzheimer’s/dementia in how it progresses, by focusing on what might trigger the process, but not any closer to a cure. There have been many new testing methods created in the last few years to facilitate a determination of future risk factors along with providing for a much earlier diagnosis. This test may help determining who or who will not have Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Though a cure for Alzheimer's is not expected this year, we are closer than we have ever been. Hopefully, some of the research being undertaken right now will lead to that still obscure cure before the end of the decade.
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