Severe Alzheimer's Type Dementia

Severe Alzheimer's Type Dementia

Severe Alzheimer's Type Dementia (SDAT) is a serious degenerative disorder of the brain and is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive brain disorder which leads to an ongoing decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. Over the years, the damage caused by the disease worsens and eventually, the individuals affected by the disorder are unable to care for themselves.

The disease is named after the German doctor Alois Alzheimer, who first described it in 1906. SDAT usually gradually worsens over a period of years, increasing the level of dependence of the person suffering from the disease on caregivers and family members. The disease is the sixth leading cause of death among individuals aged 65 and older in the United States and is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly.

Characteristics of Severe Alzheimer's Type Dementia

The characteristic symptoms of this serious condition include the following:

  • Gradual loss of memory
  • Difficulty in understanding language and expressing oneself
  • Mood swings
  • Impaired judgment
  • Increase in confusion and disorientation
  • Agitation
  • Apathy and withdrawing from usual activities
  • Repetition of words and activities
  • Difficulty in making decisions and planning

Treatment of Severe Alzheimer's Type Dementia

Currently, there is no cure for this condition, and the treatments available are aimed at slowing down the progression of the disease and improving the quality of life of the individual affected by it. Medication, special diets, cognitive behavioral therapy, and various psychosocial therapies can be used. It is important to be aware that these treatments will not reverse the damage that has been done to the brain, but it can help to make the remaining time more comfortable and enjoyable.

Additionally, family members and caregivers of the person affected by SDAT can also take steps that make life easier and more enjoyable for their loved one. This includes providing the person with a safe and understanding environment, providing them with emotional support and companionship, and making sure that their daily needs are met.