If forgetfulness is frequent, go to a specialist and rule out Alzheimer’s

Cognitive impairment occurs in equal proportion between men and women, since it is not affected by sex, but rather by a person’s lifestyle.

Alzheimer’s is silent, it is a non-contagious disease and in many cases when it is diagnosed, it has been evolving for ten years, described Misvely Ramírez, president of the Chapter Lara Alzheimer’s Foundation.

September is the world month of Alzheimer’s, constituting a proper time to learn about the diseases of cognitive deterioration, highlights the president of the foundation that fights this evil, expressing her conviction that “Together we can do more”.

This Larense organization interacts with some 105 organizations dedicated to research on the disease throughout the world, demolishing stigmatization and discrimination against patients.

According to the specialist, there are 68 types of dementias, of which the first is Alzheimer’s, followed by vascular dementia, Parkinson’s, among others.

Cognitive diagnosis

The counselor recommended that just as we go to an internist to perform a complete medical check-up, we can do it with a cognitive evaluation, which can be applied by a psychologist or health personnel trained in it, through a “psychological screening” , screening test to detect people who would clinically become patients with dementia.

In daily life, the specialist comments that regularly, the person refuses to carry out such an evaluation that is so necessary to detect and if it is conducive to apply cognitive rehabilitation; and thus be able to slow down the disease.

The hereditary component of the disease is very low and if it occurs, it is in people under 55 years of age, who, if they have cognitive reserve, will be able to manage their well-being.

Within the preventive actions against any type of dementia and especially Alzheimer’s, he recommended cultivating a healthy life, ingesting good nutrients in meals, doing daily physical and mental exercises (reading), seeking good sleep, dancing and knowing how to express emotions. of love, affection with a kiss and a hug.

“Small gestures of love such as kisses and hugs allow the regeneration of neural connections,” said Ramírez.

How does Alzheimer’s present?

Ramírez illustrated that forgetting the names of people or things could be considered as symptoms of the presence of the disease, specifying that it can occur in everyday life due to fatigue or stress of the person, so we would have to ask ourselves: how frequent or recurrent is it? Is this oblivion present on a day-to-day basis?

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On the other hand, he indicated that the first step that the person lives is the denial of the disease; It also happens that sometimes family members limit the development of the motor skills of the person suffering from the disease, that is when they proceed to support him in everything, without knowing if he can really execute the action that he is being deprived of.

Guiding that the disease can be prevented in an integral way; that is, taking care of the metabolic system by exercising and with good nutrition; avoiding sedentary lifestyle and social isolation.

He commented that during the covid 19 pandemic, people with Alzheimer’s presented an exacerbation of their symptoms, “hut effect” suffering from depression and anxiety in the face of confinement.

Ramírez echoed the reflection of the neurologist Ciro Gaona when he points out that “a brain that corners itself, a brain that deteriorates.”

Finally, he stated that “every patient deserves patience, respect and dignity, that is for the natural process of aging.”

Global impact of Alzheimer’s

On September 21, World Alzheimer’s Day is commemorated, so we must call for reflection on the prevention of the disease; since worldwide it is considered that it is necessary to live with it, which has advanced and it is estimated that by 2030 from 55 to 78 million people will suffer from Alzheimer’s.

In this way, the president of the organization in the state of Lara pointed out, adding that some 2.8 million dollars will be required to dedicate to evaluations and treatments.

It should be noted that the Alzheimer Foundation in the entity began its work of psycho-education in ADI-type dementia in 2004. Likewise, it was created to support patients, family members and caregivers.

It brings together geriatricians, psychologists, psychiatrists, nutritionists and counselors, forming an interdisciplinary team to care for people and their caregivers.

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Since then, they have used the motto “let’s take care of them with love”, referring to the fact that the last thing that a person who progresses with the disease forgets are the expressions of love and music.

Such a foundation emphasizes the caregiver who must learn to take care of himself, since he becomes the second sick person.

What is a cognitive screening?

The screening or screening test, some specialists describe it as a secondary preventive measure, which allows a priori diagnosis of people considered healthy.

In the first months of 2022, the aforementioned Alzheimer’s Association of Larra applied a cognitive assessment for the detection of the disease through operations organized in alliance with psychologists and psychiatrists in a commercial area to the east and west of the city of Barquisimeto.

From this cognitive screening, the psychologist Misvely Pereira, who serves as executive director of the Alzheimer Foundation of Lara, reported that of 100 people checked; 69 presented cognitive impairment, being “this mental state, the basis of a dementing illness”, she added.

Encouraging that when mild cognitive impairments are diagnosed, rehabilitation is carried out.

Pereira, who is a specialist in gender violence and student welfare, points out that in everyday life we ​​have to be able to “allow ourselves to feel”, in any case when emotions are repressed there comes a time that we can exploit without measuring the consequences of actions .

Referring to the fact that emotions are automatic responses and that what must be learned is “to manage our behavior in the face of different emotions”.

How do we express if we don’t know what we feel? To which he recommended, “you have to read, study, write because that nourishes the mind and it works with prior information,” added Pereira.

Programming

Dementia is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a priority in public health; That is why Alzheimer Disease International (ADI) declared September as World Alzheimer’s Month, with the aim of raising awareness of the disease among the population.

@AlzheimerLara organized a sports shoot for Wednesday, September 21 with the support of the Iribarren Municipal Sports Institute (Imderi) in the Parque del Este de Barquisimeto, starting at 9:00 am.

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There will be circuits of dances and physical and cognitive exercises to recognize aspects of cognitive development. Creole specialists highlighted that “every time we do physical exercises there are new neural connections.”

On September 22 at the El Impulso building there will be a conference on “Another view of Alzheimer’s”, led by neurosurgeon Walter Von Schoettler at 9:00 am.

Later, on October 6 of this year, Lara will host the VII Forum “Let’s talk about Alzheimer’s” in the auditorium of the Fermín Toro University, located in the Las Trinitarias sector in Barquisimeto, where prominent specialists will participate. Admission will be free.

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Senile dementia is an obsolete term, it is no longer used, given that “it does not allow to delve into the diagnosis of the disease, as more than 70 dementia specialists maintain,” informed counselor Misvely Ramírez.

The International Scientific Committees dedicated to Alzheimer’s are carrying out studies on the correlation of cognitive deterioration and covid 19.

Such actions are based on the fact that patients with coronavirus exposed to malnutrition, to the loss or affectation of some of the senses (taste, hearing and smell) should be alerted for personal self-care, go to cognitive diagnosis and thus be able to slow down the possible presence of the disease, according to the recommendations of the psychologist Pereira.

It should be noted that the growth in the number of people with the disease is exponential, the interviewees noted that in 2016 in Venezuela there were 2 million 930 thousand people suffering from the disease. And in 2021, the figure rose to 3,100,000 people with some type of dementia; of that amount in the state of Lara, the number of people reached 210 thousand with cognitive impairment.

People interested in learning about and receiving information can access @AlzheimerLara or the Fundación Alzheimer Lara Facebook page, as well as participate in its prevention using the hashtags #Hablemosdementia, #diamundialdelalzheimer.

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