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Alzheimer's disease is an incurable dementia. What are the causes? What are the primary symptoms? How is it assessed and diagnosed by clinical psychologists? What are the secondary symptoms? What are the medical treatments? Are there any natural treatments which can provide relief from the signs and symptoms? Have there been any medical discoveries during the last decade?

Over the last two decades there have been many important discoveries with regard to alzheimer's disease. Despite these the condition is incurable. However there are treatments available which can significantly slow the progress of the condition. Unfortunately, alzheimer's disease is the fastest growing health epidemic. Until there is some medical breakthrough, it plagues our elderly population.

From the neurological perspective, the causes of alzheimer's disease are attributed to the growth and spread of amyloid plaques. These are concentrations of harmful beta-amyloid substance which results from the brain nerve cell outer membranes proteins not being digested by enzymes but instead forming beta-amyloid. Soon, these plaques attack the essential Acetylcholine chemical connections between our brain nerve cells and grow on the outside of nerve cells until the cell is suffocated.

Beta-amyloid tangles grow inside the nerve cells until they swell and leading to brain cells becoming damaged and dead. As a consequence, there is much more reduced brain tissue.

Since damage to localised areas of the frontal lobe of the brain due to major heart attacks or the growth of amyloid plaques or tangles which kill the brain nerve cells causes apraxia, we have to be aware that sudden periodic episodes of rude and abusive behaviour, explicit sexual behaviour frequently occur because the individual personal judgment of the individual with alzheimer's disease may be impaired.

Not only is the frontal lobe damaged, so is the temporal lobe zone of the brain. Here is where sounds are both understood and processed. Once the hippocampus has been damaged, the end result is progressive disorientation and more frequent bouts of memory loss. All the essential senses of sound, touch, taste are damaged. So, this explains why alzheimer's disease sufferers repeat questions as they can't process the answers

Temporal lobe parts of the brain affect understanding and processing of sound with the hippocampus being damaged leading to disorientation and memory loss. If the parietal lobe is damaged then sound, touch and taste are affected. This is why some people with dementia repeat themselves as they can't make sense of the answers.

Even though the primary cause of the dementia known as alzheimer's disease is neurological, there are known other causes. For instance, one large scale heart attack has damaging and debilitating effects on specific regions of the brain. Because narrowed arteries act as blood flow circulation blockages they disrupt the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the brain. Upon this occurring, brain cells starve to death leading to irreversible damage.

Signs and symptoms of alzheimer's disease include progressive memory loss, loss of balance, poor coordination, muscle stiffness, joint aches and persistent pain. Primary symptoms are loss of recent memory. Such as not being able to remember where articles are placed. However, long-term memory is not affected so your elderly grandfather will still remember how to drive the family motor vehicle but may walk back if he has forgotten he has driven there.

One of the primary associated symptoms is disorientation affecting individuals with alzheimer's disease individuals when familiar surroundings such as the home or familiar figures such as the wife and children become unfamiliar. Also, there is some tendency to forget the days and the months of the year and even forget spouses or relatives may have died. Only by staying in a familar environment with familiar routines can the alzheimer's patient be safe.

Much more frequently occurring signs and symptoms include repeating the same question again even if they have just been given an answer, switching on the oven but forgetting to place the meal inside it or forgetting to wear winter clothes when it is cold outside or even driving on the wrong side of the road which means personal judgment can be affected by the loss of the short term memory.

Some marked personality changes can affect alzheimer's patients. When alzheimer's disease reaches the stage where the patient can't communicate the right words to talk or can't remember what word mean or pictures mean, apraxia has occurred. One of the signs of apraxia is when the alzheimer's individual may follow an individual around or simply wander around in an attempt to gain attention so that they can communicate their requirements.

Every recent medical trial into the development of new vaccines against the harmful beta-amyloid have failed to find cures for the condition. Allthough immune system proteins were developed as vaccines to kill beta-amyloid growths they failed to find the cure for Alzheimer's disease. Only dedicated care by family and carers can give the supportive therapy required to offer some relief treatment for mild to moderate alzheimer's disease.


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