What is alzheimer’s disease, and how do you do it?

Each week, reply to Sign up for the Vaal (47), a general practitioner in Nijmegen, the netherlands, a common, or outstanding question on a practice. Since it is Saturday, september 21, World alzheimer’s day, it is the question this week is: what is alzheimer’s disease, and how do you do it?

What is alzheimer’s exactly?

“Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a brain disorder in which is gradually becoming more and more brain fades. This leads to a loss of brain function. People may become very slowly, and all their skills will be lost. If it disappears, for example, the short-term memory, and the langetermijngeheugen.”

“Also, in other parts of the brain, in which routines are embedded, are affected. As a result, people are suddenly no longer what they are, for example, coffee or put on their shoe laces to tie. Also, does the behavior change and people are less to express and position themselves.”

How is the diagnosis made?

“The family doctor, in addition to an in-depth interview, brain function was tested by means of a questionnaire. Also, if necessary, blood will be drawn for a physical cause of the loss of time. Sometimes it can be a vitamin B deficiency, a thyroid abnormality, a kidney problem, anemia, or a urinary infection in older people for memory problems, or changes behavior.”

“Most of the time, I speak also as a separate with the person who is the patient here, your partner or anyone else in the immediate area. They are often the ones who are the first to notice that something is wrong with you.”

How do you feel that there is something wrong with it?

“In a sense. People with the onset of alzheimer’s disease often have trouble with telling time and writing, you get lost easily and forget about appointments, or make payments. They are often very good at masking all the holes in their memories. They talk to each other, for example around it and not answer, to do it.”

The characteristics of early alzheimer’s disease

  • Forgetfulness
  • The problems with the day to day operations
  • Any errors with a time and a place
  • Language
  • One of the stuff
  • A bad judgment.
  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Changes in behavior and personality
  • Unrest
  • Around to talk to
  • To be the partner to see if there is something that is asked

“In alzheimer’s disease is a taboo. Patients are ashamed of themselves often, and are sometimes of great concern. In the environment, it is often difficult for them to begin with. However, it is important for the issue to be raised. Don’t speak over anyone, but with someone else. Keep it always with you. Don’t say: you’ll forget about everything as far as I know, you have alzheimer’s disease. But to say that I’m worried about you, and how can I help you?”

Is there any treatment?

Unfortunately, there is no proper medication or therapy. In the beginning, alzheimer’s disease, are sometimes, drugs are given that have a negative effect that could have. But ultimately it is a progressive disease, the patient will continue to deteriorate.”

Is alzheimer’s disease preventable?

“Whether you have alzheimer’s disease, it is possible to be a part of heritable and environmental factors is determined. But to be honest, we don’t know well. Healthy lifestyle reduces the risk of alzheimer’s disease. In general, it is important to keep the brain as long as possible to keep it.”


When do I need to worry about forgetting things?

So how do we do that?

“By being physically active, and to continue to be. For example, walking or gardening. Physical activity stimulates the brain. Challenge your brain by, for example, your teeth on one leg. That is what will appeal to a variety of different brain functions, such as your balance sheet.”

See also:
WHO: exercise reduces risk of dementia

How can you make your brain even more challenging?

“Don’t touch into old age are curious and learn new things in a new piano or a new language. Or, turn your brain upside down by a difficult crossword puzzles to do. Social interaction is a great way to train your brain to maintain it. Through your brain, challenge, new connections will be created between the various brain cells.”

On Saturday, september 21, is World alzheimer’s day. For more information about alzheimer’s disease at the site of the Disease in the Netherlands.

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