So today seems like another day for paramedic story. This time I want to talk about dementia and Alzheimer.
What's Alzheimer you might ask. I'm just going to quote Wikipedia here, you can view the whole article here.
Alzheimer's disease (AD), also referred to simply as Alzheimer's, is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and gradually worsens over time. It is the cause of 60–70% of cases of dementia. The most common early symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events.
So Alzheimer and Dementia go hand in hand as a disease. The main problem is, the brain gets gradually more damaged over time. Mostly the patients themselves don't recognize what's happening to them.
But family and friends do. Patients forget events, birthdays, their children and every other thing that's in our heads today. It's horrifying. I'm really grateful none of my relatives is affected. At least now.
I've driven with may dement patients over the years now and it's always sad to see how the relatives of the patients are suffering from it.
It's incredible how most of them withstand these bad times until the person leaves forever.
Hopefully, there will be a cure for them sometime in the future.
As I've said before, take care of your loved ones and yourself.