Let's discuss AD on 'World Alzheimer's Day'

Let's discuss AD on 'World Alzheimer's Day'

We can never be sure about our memory as we tend to forget petty things from time to time. Forgetfulness could get serious and it is then termed as ‘Alzheimer's Disease’ (AD), a chronic neurodegenerative disease which worsens with time. On the occasion of ‘World Alzheimer’s Day’, let’s take a detailed look at the problem and what exactly needs to be done to avoid it.

What is Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)


Alzheimer’s could be called a progressive disease which destroys memory and other important mental functions. This neurodegenerative disease is often labeled as a genetic problem with hypertension, depression or some kind of external head injury being the cause.
According to WHO

Alzheimer disease (AD) is characterized by a progressive decline in cognitive function. AD is substantially increased among people aged 65 years or more, with a progressive decline in memory, thinking, language and learning capacity. AD should be differentiated from the normal age-related decline in cognitive function, which is more gradual and associated with less disability. The disease often starts with mild symptoms and ends with severe brain damage. People with dementia lose their abilities at different rates.


• Difficulty remembering newly learned information

• Disorientation

• Mood and behavioural changes

• Deepening confusion about events, time and place

• Unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional assistance

• More serious memory loss and behavior changes; and difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.

Prevention of AD

At present, there is no definitive evidence to support that any particular measure is effective in preventing AD.
Global studies of measures to prevent or delay the onset of AD have often produced inconsistent results. Epidemiological studies have proposed relationships between certain modifiable factors, such as diet, cardiovascular risk, pharmaceutical products, or intellectual activities among others, and a population's likelihood of developing AD. Only further research, including clinical trials, will reveal whether these factors can help to prevent AD.

Take care of your loved ones and don’t give up on people who are suffering from AD. Keep fighting in the right spirit.