Even though Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia is not a normal part of aging, the majority of patients are 65 years or older. Some people start to have the symptoms at early ages in their 40s or 50s. Meanwhile, many elderly people do not get dementia in their old ages.
Alzheimer’s disease is a type of Dementia with Dementia as symptom, and Alzheimer as the pathological cause.
When a person is diagnosed with Dementia that means there are noticeable memory difficulty with additional problems in at least one other area of cognitive functioning , that include language, attention, problem solving, spatial skills, judgment, planning, or organization. Comparing with earlier in one’s life, the changes are serious enough to get in the way of the normal live. When the disease progresses to the point that the individual is totally incapacitated, death will visit within 10 years.
The symptoms worsen over time, and the modern medical science has not yet found any effective ways to reverse this degenerating process.
Microscopic changes in the brain begin long before the first sign of memory loss. As the brain ages, mental and physical functions are impaired. The most serious case of this process can lead to cease of the life.
Dementia is the fourth leading cause of death in those over 60. In next one or two decades, it is expected that 12% of people aged 60 and above, and 50% of those over 80 years of age, suffer from dementia and the main cause is the Alzheimer and brain structural change.
Depression is found to be one of the causes of AD. Prolonged depression or stress leads to elevated levels of plasma cortisol, a tress hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Cortisol appears to shrink the hippocampus, the central unit in the brain that is associated with AD. Phosphatidylserine can enhance cortsol-receptor sensitivity and help depression caused AD.
Chronic alcohol abuse can lead to AD like symptoms. According to statistics, that an average person aged 65 is taking 8 to 10 prescriptions or over-the counter drugs, added with a few pills of supplements a day. Drug interaction is often the reason for the AD.
Researches also revealed that people with AD have higher levels of mercury, aluminum, and other chemical substance usually contained in kitchens and laundry products. After many years of use, harmful substances accumulated in the brain, AD is the result.
There are many other factors combined to be a cause of AD. A deteriorating and aging brain brings in the internal changes that allow AD and dementia to occur. The genetic factors, hormonal level decline, lack of physical and mental activity are all potentially the source of problems.
The current treatment of dementia and AD falls in four categories. They are drugs therapy (Aricept and ibuprofen), hormones replacement therapy (DHEA and estrogen), and nutritional supplementation and membrane stabilizers such as Phosphatidylserine.
The most often used herbs are Gingko Biloba, (which has been used for thousands of year in Traditional Chinese Medicine), Cat’s Claw. Vitamins and amino acids are also options.
Brain exercises and mental stimulation are common activities that people at the senior age should do daily.
The recently research shows that physical exercise can slow down the aging process, and help delay the dementia to set on.
Statistics indicate that there are 30% of senior people have constipation, many are using laxative to relieve the colon. When laxative loses its effectiveness, colon hydrotherapy is valuable option to effectively clean the colon.
Combined with Acupuncture treatment and massage therapy, colon hydrotherapy can be enhanced in its medical effect.