Alzheimer’s disease affects a large number of our seniors. This degenerative and incurable disease develops many symptoms in those affected. However, certain warning signs can allow you to detect it in its early stages, and thus benefit from rapid and appropriate care. The Objeko team explains everything in this article.
Alzheimer’s: nearly a million French people affected
In 1906, Alois Alzheimer discovered the disease that now bears his name. This degenerative disease causes progressive neuronal loss in the sick person. This has serious consequences. Among the best known and most recurrent symptoms, we note for example frequent forgetfulness, amnesia, limited recognition of people around him, even his close family. People with the disease may also have trouble getting their bearings, writing, and even speaking. This results in a total loss of independence.
Alzheimer’s disease mainly affects the elderly. However, it should be noted that this is not a disease that goes hand in hand with old age. While it is normal for our seniors to lose their minds a little, that is nothing compared to the symptoms of this disease.
In France, it is estimated that more than 900,000 people are affected by this disease. As for age groups, about 3% of those over 65 are affected, and 20% of those over 80. However, it is also possible to develop this disease younger, although this is very rare.
It should be noted that Alzheimer’s disease is not hereditary, and can therefore affect everyone. However, if a member of your family has it, this does not mean that you will have it yourself. Unfortunately, there is currently no treatment for the disease, although it is possible to fight it, as we will see below.
The early signs of the disease
Alzheimer’s disease, as we have just seen, has many symptoms. They don’t all come at the same time. Some, like memory loss or amnesia, come on gradually as the disease develops.
However, there are symptoms that develop in the early stages of the disease. This is particularly the case with anxiety and apathy. Thus, these people seem worried and gradually close in on themselves, unable to share their emotions.
For a long time, anxiety and apathy were thought to be causes of the onset of Alzheimer’s. According to recent studies, however, it seems that these symptoms appear in parallel. In some cases, it could even be warning signs. Stress and anxiety are two factors that can cause significant neuron loss. In the elderly, this could therefore be an important trigger.
The Objeko team therefore advises you to check in on your elders and try to diagnose any changes in their behavior. Do not hesitate to take advice and consult specialists, because it is better to catch the disease in time!
Fighting Alzheimer’s disease: it’s possible!
As the Objeko editorial team told you above, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. There is currently no effective treatment available. However, it is totally possible to fight the disease, and delay its effects!
We know that Alzheimer’s disease is amplified by external factors. Thus, loneliness, physical inactivity, stress, and poor diet are four very important factors in the development of the disease in the elderly. To avoid any problems, it is better to be an active senior. It is recommended to practice physical activity several times a week, as well as manual activities. This stimulates the body and motor skills and therefore the neurons. Keeping in touch with family or friends is also very important for mental health. This avoids stress and loneliness, which act negatively on the brain.
Finally, diet is the key to good physical and mental health. You have to eat as balanced as possible. Sugar should be kept to a minimum. However, vegetables can be eaten at will. It is also recommended to give preference to fish and lean meats. In addition to fighting Alzheimer’s disease, a balanced diet reduces the risk of cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. Don’t wait until it’s too late and start now to adapt your lifestyle and your habits to be in great shape for retirement!