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Alzheimer’s: The Future Is Looking Up

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Alzheimer ’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. The neurons, that are the wires of our brain, slowly deteriorate and disappear completely, gradually taking away the individual with them…

Cross sections of the healthy and affected brain.

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According to National Institute on Aging, recent estimates indicate that Alzheimer’s may be the third cause of death of older people in the United States, behind heart disease and cancer. Experts suggest that more than 5 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s.

The disorder is destructive and irreversible. Probably each of us have a neighbor or a friend who’s family member is suffering from Alzheimer’s. So we all know what it looks like from the outside, but nobody knows what does it feel like on the inside, nobody has ever come back from it to tell… What does it feel like to have your mind slowly slipping away, and what does that silence feel like behind the stare away eyes…

 

Light At The End Of The Tunnel

However gloomy all of this is right now, the future is looking up. Although research into the treatment has a long way to go, British scientists made a major breakthrough in developing an 87% accurate diagnostics for Alzheimer’s. Predicting the dementia early is one of the priorities for the research for treatment. The method involves a blood test for proteins that show the disease before its symptoms. More on this >>>> 

The Power of Music: Alive Inside

Before we have a treatment for Alzheimer’s, to keep our loved ones ‘awake’, something as simple as music appear to have incredible power bringing patients back, even if only for a short while. Don’t we all know the feeling of memories rushing in, when we hear an old favorite song? This effect, as a part of music therapy, is remarkable. A documentary released in 2014, “Alive Inside”, shows how patients with severe Alzheimer’s come back to life and their personalities surface from the gloomy slumber.

See the main character of the story coming to life in this trailer for the documentary:

Experts from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) suggest to use music’s therapeutic powers methodically. Follow the link for suggested steps throughout the stages of the disease.

Visit any of these websites for help:

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

National Institute on Aging

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