Every 71 seconds someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. This statistic supports the fact that it is the sixth cause of death in the United States. Seeing as so many people are affected with this disease, the issue’s relevance is quite important. It causes memory loss, and changes in thinking and behavior. Apart from affecting people with Alzheimer’s, the disease also has a huge impact on associated people. This could include family, friends, caregivers, etc. This topic is especially sensitive for me – my grandma has Alzheimer’s. To deal with Alzheimer’s, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the disease. Currently, there is no cure, so all you can do is make sure that you develop coping techniques and that you have a strong family support system to deal with all the effects Alzheimer’s has on the mind. These effects include memory loss, challenges solving problems, difficulty completing daily tasks, confusion with time and dates, trouble processing visuals and spatial relationships, problems with communication, and change in mood and personality, etc.
After completing all this research I have solidified my understanding of the topic. One most accept that as your body ages, so does your brain. One cannot let this horrible disease affect your relationship to people who suffer from it – they cannot help their misfortunes. I thought at first that along with their memory, they lose their knowledge too, but this is most certainly not the case. These people are still very intellectual people, and should be treated accordingly.