Alzheimer’s Disease – What You Need to Know

Alzheimer’s disease is a prevalent condition that mainly affects older adults. It is a form of dementia that accounts for 60–80% of cases.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. However, scientists are making impressive efforts to treat this disorder.

The Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease 

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may include:

  • Memory loss
  • The trouble with basic tasks (e.g., using the microwave)
  • Speech and writing difficulty
  • Time and space disorientation
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Mood swings
  • Personality changes

The Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease 

Like all other neurodegenerative diseases, the exact causes of Alzheimer’s disease are still unclear.

Some risk factors include:

Age – the vast majority of Alzheimer’s disease cases occur after the age of 65.

Family history – a family history of Alzheimer’s disease increases your risk of getting this illness.

Genetics – scientists pinpointed certain genes that contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

The Treatment Options for Alzheimer’s Disease 

Ongoing research made us understand this disorder better, which led to improved treatment and patient care.

For moderate cases of Alzheimer’s, drugs such as donepezil (Aricept) or rivastigmine (Exelon) can help with the symptoms. The purpose of these medications is to increase acetylcholine (ACh) levels in the brain –  ACh is a neurotransmitter that mediates a myriad of cognitive functions, including memory.

Other drug options include :

  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Anxiolytic drugs

Alzheimer’s disease is a prevalent condition that destroys people’s quality of life, precipitating physical, psychological, and emotional burdens. If you have any of the symptoms mentioned above, telemedicine makes it possible for you to get the care you deserve. Schedule a virtual consultation with a Telakai Health online Provider and get on the road to recovery. Schedule your visit today.