Alzheimer memory dementia is another name for Alzheimer’s disease, a brain disorder that results in the gradual destruction of an affected person’s memory and other cognitive functions, including ability to learn, reason, make judgments, and communicate. As the disease progresses, even the person’s ability to carry out daily activities is affected and behavioral and personality changes occur, like anxiety, suspiciousness, agitation, delusions, and hallucinations.
As the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer memory dementia shares many of the characteristics and conditions of dementia, such as the gradual degeneration of the brain cells leading to progressive decline in mental function.
What Causes Alzheimer Memory Dementia
The single cause of Alzheimer memory dementia is not yet known, although much of the research as to its cause has given the world a deeper insight into its pathology. For instance, scientists regard two abnormal structures observable only under the microscope as the two main distinguishing features of Alzheimer memory dementia. One of these structures, called “amyloid plaques” are actually clumps of protein that accumulate between nerve cells, while the other one, called “tangles” made of another type of protein, known as “tau,” are twisted strands that form inside the cells. The presence of these two structures means that there is Alzheimer memory dementia.
How to Know if it’s Alzheimer Memory Dementia
One of the reasons why Alzheimer memory dementia is not detected early is that many of the warning signs of the disease can be likened to normal conditions as a result of aging. But as early detection could help prevent the disease from further progressive, it is important that you pay close attention to the following top warning signs of Alzheimer memory dementia:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks
- Problems with language
- Disorientation to time and place
- Poor or decreased judgment
- Problems with abstract thinking
- Misplacing things
- Changes in mood or behavior
- Changes in personality
- Loss of initiative
If you recognize any of the above mentioned warning signs, then it is advised that you consult a doctor.
Just as the cause of Alzheimer memory dementia is not yet known so is its cure, which is yet to be discovered. However, there are many treatment therapies applied over the years that have been found to be relatively successful. The most common, of course, is Alzheimer medications. These drugs, while they do not alter the progressive loss of cells, can help minimize or stabilize the symptoms. In addition, they may also delay the need for home care nursing.
In addition to standard prescriptions, researchers have also looked on to alternative treatments. In fact, several herbal remedies and other dietary supplements are currently promoted as effective treatments for Alzheimer memory dementia even as there is only a small body of scientific research to prove that claim.