Friday, 21 June 2013

Alzheimer’s Disease – A Force to Reckon With

Alzheimer’s disease which is the cause of dementia in a large number of people can be a difficult journey for both the patient and the care giver.  Besides the obvious and terrifying memory loss quandary, there are also severe changes in the individual’s behavior patterns such as depression, rage, paranoia, etc.

It is said that the incidence of Alzheimer’s are many such as Longevity, Social and Economic problems that people face and also Oxidative stress i.e. physiological stress on body caused by cumulative damage done by free radicals inadequately neutralized by antioxidants, which is a very important risk factor.

The National Brain Research Center (NBRC) has recently started a research project that can predict a person’s disposition to Alzheimer’s disease, also Parkinson’s and dementia which have similar impact on the brain. It conducts imaging to find out the chemical changes in the hippocampus of the brain to determine whether a person may develop Alzheimer’s. In the past two years 250 candidates have been screened and over a 100 had early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  The youngest person to have the symptoms was 39 years old.

While there is no certain cure for the disease it is said that early detection will allow you to take necessary precautions, more importantly you can see a neurologist who can prescribe medication to slow down the progress of the disease. For the elderly, early symptoms are often dismissed at signs of old age, hence care givers, friends and family should be especially careful to respond promptly should they spot them in the behavior of their loved ones.


Free screening is done to detect Alzheimers early. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging test is done free of cost at the National Brain Research Centre (NBRC), NH-8, Manesar, Gurgaon, Haryana 122050.
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