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Brief History of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s was first discovered in 1906 by a German psychiatrist and neurologist Dr. Alois Alzheimer. His discovery was based on the case of a 51-year-old woman, Auguste Deter, who had suddenly begun to exhibit irrational behavior and memory loss. Ever since remarkable strides have been made towards the research. However, awareness levels in Kenya are considerably low for a couple of reasons some of them being lack of information and the disease being viewed as part of aging.

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Organization of Kenya recognizes the rise of neurodegenerative disorders in Kenya and has a mission to demystify the belief of what dementia is by creating a society where those living with Dementia are supported, accepted and are able to peacefully live in their communities without fear or prejudice. They accomplish this through raising awareness on Alzheimer’s in Kenya, building the capacity of caregivers at all levels to provide certified basic care to people affected with Alzheimer’s and promoting research on Alzheimer’s & Dementia in Kenya among others.

Effects

  • Psychological for both families and caregivers
  • Financial in terms of disease management
  • Emotional constraints as the disease has no cure and devastates the brain of the infected making it progressively more difficult for them to do ordinary things like move around, swallow and feed themselves.

Management

As previously mentioned, the disease has no cure yet, but there are drugs and non-drug options to treat symptoms. A healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of contracting the disease. Treatment of Alzheimer’s depends on the stages of the disease.

Medication is aimed at reducing the severity of symptoms. Rehabilitation and occupational therapy have proved fruitful in managing the condition.

Share the information because this is the only way we can truly raise awareness on this medical condition.

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