Forgotten But Not Gone: Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on by Althea Earwood

Memory CareThe movie Still Alice, which was released in 2015, talks about the life of Alice Howland. Howland was a linguistics professor who was at the peak of her life and her career when suddenly everything changed. Words, which are a great part of her life and her career, suddenly became a thing forgotten. Soon, actions, names, numbers and memories began making it to the list of the things that she forgets. She was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s.

Still Alice is just one of the few movies that open up people’s awareness about the neurological diseases that has affected older people and adults alike. This disease, though still has no cure, have led to the forming of an Alzheimer’s Community like in Salt Lake City, and other parts of the States and the world.

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease, a form of dementia, which affects millions of Americans yearly. Though the disease was discovered in 1906, there is still no known cure at present. Symptoms vary, but often include loss of speech and memory, repetitive questions, and statements, poor judgments of risks and safety, getting lost in usual routes, extreme mood changes and changes in behavior among others. A person with Alzheimer’s suffers from the gradual decrease in the brain size affecting which in turn affects their way of life.

Alzheimer’s disease has seven known stages. The severity of the disease progresses as the stages go higher. It is not until stage four that a patient is rightly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, making it harder for patients to cope and even prevent the disease.

Caring for Alzheimer’s patients

The need to for round the clock care for Alzheimer’s patient’s increases as the patient’s stage goes higher. The progress of the diseases varied from person to person. Because of the unpredictability of the disease, caring for Alzheimer’s patients and other elderly people with dementia is provided by retirement homes all around Utah. These facilities help in taking care of the health and the daily needs of patients and elderly people.

Alzheimer’s patients may have been detached from their environment because of this unfortunate disease, but they deserve all the care and help they can get more than ever. These and more can be provided by your nearest community care service.

About the Author

Althea Earwood is a Clinical Instructor at a medical university in San Francisco. Prior to this, she works as a nurse at a hospital in New Jersey.