The U.S. has implemented a plan to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. Various clinical trials and drug tests on healthy adults will help to find ways to prevent the disease. Brain scans and gene testing provide exams results that scientists say could indicate whether a person is at a high risk. Once one of these clinical trials succeed in the U.S., the goal is to have treatments and tests that will enable doctors to slow the onset of the disease.
We all know Alzheimer’s is a complicated illness. But, the better we educate ourselves, the more we will come to understand it. Studies have shown there are three stages in the progression of the disease. Stage one can last to two to four years with mild depression and mood swings. Some people will often have memory loss on recent events happening in their lives, even finding it difficult to express how they feel. Physical activity such as writing, using a telephone, and driving can become difficult.
Someone experiencing stage two will endure persistent memory loss about their history and may not even be able to recognize family and friends. In this mild stage, their behavior could be aggravated by change, stress, or feeling lost. Sadly, Alzheimer’s disease at this point will affect their mobility and coordination skills. Many will have slowed down and will need assistance with daily living.
In the last stage of Alzheimer’s disease, those affected will lose their ability to remember anything from the past and present, making it impossible for them to care for themselves. They are at a high risk for falls and illness. Behavior, mood, delirium, and hallucinations will interrupt their daily living.
Many studies show that you can slow the progress of the disease and decrease your chances of getting it. Although we can not change the process of aging nor our genes, something as simple as exercising your brain can play a significant factor in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Challenge your mind with puzzle solving and other brain games. Physical activity can also be beneficiary to lowering your risk. Exercise stretches both your mind and your body. A bit of exercise each day will increase the blood flow to your brain. Keep healthy to lower your risks.