What is Alzheimer’s?
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer is a type of Dementia that causes problems with thinking, memory, and behavior of an individual.
Its symptoms are said to be developed slowly and become severe enough over time to an extent that they can interfere in the affected person’s daily tasks.
The terminology Alzheimer was named after a German psychologist and pathologist, Alois Alzheimer who first described this disease.
People often tend to confuse between Alzheimer and Dementia. However, Dementia is not a disease. It is rather a term used to describe a group of symptoms indicating a decline in mental ability so severe that it starts affecting one’s daily life.
One such example is memory loss and Alzheimer is said to be the most common type of Dementia. Almost 60 to 80 percent of Dementia cases are accounted for Alzheimer’s diseases.
Alzheimer is also a general term used for memory loss and is often associated with aging.
Is Aging the Only Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease?
It is a misconception that only aging causes Alzheimer’s and it is a normal part of the aging process where the threshold of aging is set to be 65 years.
Approximately 200,000 Americans who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are under the age of 65 years which is known as younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease or early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Hence the idea of Ageing being the only cause of Alzheimer can be more accurately rephrased as aging is the greatest known risk factor of Alzheimer’s disease so far since the majority of people suffering from this disease are of age 65 and above.
If not Age then what is the Real Cause?
The root cause of Alzheimer’s is not yet determined. However, studies have identified 3 specific risk factors of Alzheimer’s as Ageing, Family history and Genetical inheritance. Which means as you age you may develop it or if any of your immediate family members has developed Alzheimer’s, the risk of you developing this disease is high.
However, the presence of any one or all of these risk factors does not imply that you will definitely develop Alzheimer’s. Presence of the risk factors only increases the risk level.
What can be Other Causes of Alzheimer?
Scientists believe that Alzheimer is directly connected to the brain cells and their functions. A human brain is a web of 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) acting communicating channels and performing specific activates each related to specific functions such as learning, thinking, and remembering and many more.
It is of extreme importance that all these cells perform their functions properly to keep the brain functionality normal in an individual. The system of neurons is so highly coordinated that a slight change occurred in one cell can imbalance the normal activities of other cells leading to damaging a significant part of the brain.
Scientists have not found out the exact change in the cells that causes Alzheimer, but the major cause so far is supposed to be deposition of plaques (protein fragments) and tangles (twisted protein fibers) inside the nerve cells.
Research has shown that plaques and tangles develop in people with Alzheimer’s much more compared to those without Alzheimer.
Some other suspected causes of Alzheimer include severe head injury, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and unhealthy lifestyle leading to unhealthy aging.
Holistic nutrition experts believe the root cause of Alzheimer’s disease is the unhealthy food we consume these days.
Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
Memory loss is the most commonly known symptom of Alzheimer’s. However, it is not necessary that if you often forget things then you have developed Alzheimer’s. It can be any other type of Dementia or nothing at all. Therefore, it is important to know the actual signs and symptoms of Alzheimer and have a proper diagnosis for it.
There are 3 stages of Alzheimer’s and the symptoms become severe as the stage-wise progression happens.
Some of the common signs and symptoms are as following.
The most common symptom of Alzheimer, memory loss; is often misunderstood. We live in an era which is flooded by inventions, discoveries, and researches. There is so much information we have available with us for the past, present, and even future which not everyone can remember.
Our busy lives and unhealthy lifestyle do not allow us to remember each and everything we see, hear, or do every day. Therefore, it is not abnormal to forget things and events.
In most cases, forgetting things is a typical age-related change. However, this age-related forgetfulness is not Alzheimer’s if you recall things you forget after a while. It can be Alzheimer if it has become too frequent and you are unable to recall that information at all. In the early stages, the affected person starts forgetting very recently learned information or frequently starts relying on reminders by people and electronic devices.
- Individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s find it extremely challenging to plan and follow schedules. They require more time to do things they quickly used to do before because of the difficulty in concentrating. However, making errors during calculations, spelling mistakes or not able to focus on things does not necessarily mean you have Alzheimer’s. As discussed previously, it may be some other form of Dementia such as ADHD or it can be nothing serious at all.
- Alzheimer’s patients are often seen to be confused about dates, time, and places. However, forgetting or missing a day in a week at times but realizing it later is not a sign of Alzheimer’s.
- Certain individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s are found to possess vision-related issues such as having difficulty in judging the distance and color or blurring while reading something. However, similar symptoms can occur because of other eye health-related issues such as cataract.
- Alzheimer’s patients often tend to have issues in speaking continuously as they either forget what they wanted to say or cannot figure out the name of the things they wanted to talk about. They also interchange the names of people or things with each other.
- Alzheimer’s can cause people to withdraw themselves from social and professional life as they find it difficult to remember them at the first place, moreover, even if they remember an activity, they do not remember that it used to be their favorite and hence they try to avoid as it is uninteresting for them now. However, not attending a social gathering, sports event or any other favorite activity sometimes does not indicate the development of Alzheimer as it can be due to exhaustion, age-related weakness or simple mood swings.
Only relying on signs and symptoms is dangerous because if you take too much stress assuming you are developing Alzheimer’s disease, you may end up developing other mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, or phobia. A proper diagnosis is the only way to confirm if you are indeed suffering from Alzheimer or not.
Holistic Healthcare for Alzheimer’s
There is no treatment for Alzheimer’s in modern medicine, however, a study shows that Holistic Approach to Alzheimer’s Treatment May Reverse Memory Loss.
Holistic healthcare can be an efficient approach to Alzheimer’s because of its core belief that we are not just a physical body and that there exists a mind accompanied by a soul that together complete one’s existence. A physical body and the different parts of it can undergo unhealthy changes due to the contaminated energy body.
If the cell damage theory of Alzheimer’s is true then, clearing the negative energy patterns from the energy body can help regain the natural state of cells decreasing the severity of Alzheimer’s symptoms.
Certain alternative health care therapies such as Reiki, Yoga, Meditation, Aromatherapy, Massage and Hypnosis along with some art therapies such as music, dance, painting, and drama are found to help slow down the symptoms and improve the behavioral symptoms of the affected person.
People with their mild and moderate Alzheimer’s are said to have shown quick improvements in their day to day life.
Proper nutrition and detoxification plan recommended by a certified holistic health coach can also help reduce the impact of severe symptoms.
A true story published by American Holistic Health Association suggests that suggestive therapeutic treatment can improve the symptoms of Alzheimer and has proven the claim of this study successful.
It is eventually a matter of belief and the desire to heal yourself that can help you overcome any illness be it Alzheimer’s or any other serious condition.
There are more sources and support available at The Alzheimer’s Association’s official site for those who seek help for themselves.
Moreover, if any of your loved ones is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, you can gift them a distance healing session with a holistic health practitioner without them compromising with their homely comfort.