Researchers have had yet another breakthrough in the fight to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. This time a research team from the University of California believe they have found that sleep deprivation (lack of sleep) over time shows an increase in abnormal proteins (known as beta-amyloid plaques) which may have a direct link to memory loss one of the earlier symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
Dementia (when the brain is affected by specific diseases and conditions) really is everything people say it is. We have a few terminal illnesses that wreck havoc to both sufferer and their families, but for me Alzheimer’s is the worst.
Two members of our family have suffered with this particular disease my relative sadly has since died, another my brother-in-law is on his way.
Families can only watch and wait for the inevitable to happen (knowing only to well) the total loss of their loved one has to come as the disease eats away at the brain rendering the sufferer to what some referred to as a cabbage.
In a very small number of families, Alzheimer’s is hereditary so not only do families suffer the slow degradation of their loved one at the last spoken word they’re also worried could their family be in that small number, if so who will it take next (what a ticking time bomb to live with).
I honestly believe if we were party to what life has waiting for us round the next corner some of us, or maybe a vast majority of us, would probably end it all right there and then.
What I find most frighting about the disease is how it starts from small beginning’s, beginnings that are often associated with old age. As time moves on symptoms get worse eventually interfering with daily life as the condition gets worse.
Some of the early signs of Alzheimer’s could be memory lapses, being unable to recall recent events and difficulty learning new information amongst others. Although these are considered early signs to the onset of Alzheimer’s it is important to remember we are all unique, and it would be most unusual for two people to experience the condition in exactly the same way.
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