The Hope Project (THP): Understanding Alzheimer's Disease

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

Alzheimer’s affects over 3 million patients each year, only in the United States. In India, more than 4 million people have some form of dementia.


Alzheimer’s is mainly recognized by memory loss, as well as other important mental functions. Right now, scientists and doctors haven’t found a cure for Alzheimer’s. However, there has been the development of technologies and nootropics to help patients.


This article provides insights into the etiology (cause), neuropathology (the broad study of the branches of specialisations of the nervous system and its tissues) and management of Alzheimer's disease.


What is Alzheimer's Disease?


Alzheimer’s disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder that affects many areas of the

brain, primarily the nerve cells in the hippocampus. Patients diagnosed with Alzheimer’s tend to show memory loss symptoms. Many patients share their stories to show that being hopeful is the right thing. For instance, as published in a Mayo Clinic Magazine Issue, Mike got diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He shared the lesson that even if he didn’t remember her, him having to quit his job, having to stop driving, as well as many other things, his life was still meaningful and full of purpose.



How does it affect the Brain?


Alzheimer’s disease begins developing in the hippocampus of the brain. This is the area

responsible for memory. However, as the disease evolves, it begins affecting the cerebral cortex, which is the area responsible for language, social behaviours, and reasoning.


What causes Dementia & Alzheimer's?


Most cases of Dementia and Alzheimer’s are due to multiple causes. These include, but are not limited to, neurodegenerative issues, vascular problems, sleep disturbances, psychiatric cases, and medications. Some people have vascular impairments that begin the development of Alzheimer’s, which causes cell damage or death. Moreover, others have uneven and low-quality sleep, affecting cognitive skills, such as learning and thinking. Psychiatric cases are primarily based on those that affect memory, concentration, and mood. Some drugs can increase the chances of Alzheimer’s due to its components’ long-term side effects.


Where can you read more about Alzheimer's?


Searching for articles about Alzheimer’s is a good way to begin researching this interesting and curious disorder. Moreover, case studies can be found on Google, as well as different doctors may share experiences with patients. Researching science-based magazines and articles can help increase your knowledge about Alzheimer’s.


How can you help people around you who suffer from Alzheimer's?


Learning as much as you can about the disease will allow you to be understanding about the

situation the patient is going through. As well as that, focusing on the well-being of the patient will help them a lot. It has been scientifically proven that the active role of partners, family members, and the community allows increasing well-being for the patient. Empathising, meaning imagining being in the shoes of the patient, will allow improvement of the life of someone with Dementia. Establishing routines, being a friend, exploring arts, finding purpose, and other activities of this style allow increased well-being of the patient.


What Nootropics and Technologies can help people with Alzheimer's?


Medication for Alzheimer’s disease allows more manageable memory loss and symptoms.

Cholinesterase inhibitors help with the cognitive symptoms by developing acetylcholine. This is an important chemical for learning and memory, and it is low in people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. There are many types of CI’s, so it is important to consult a doctor about these. Memantine is a more invasive medication that allows the development of glutamate, another important chemical that is used in memory and learning. Some nootropics allow these effects, too. Therefore, consulting a doctor about the different options will help you gain an idea of what medication is fit for the patient. The psychological toll for Alzheimer’s patients is a lot, therefore, there are therapies and antidepressant, anti-anxiety, and antipsychotic medications, that can help with the psychological effects of Alzheimer’s.


Conclusion


Overall, Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects many people worldwide. Its most

common symptom is memory loss, however, there are “side effects”, such as loss of movement, depression, and more. Alzheimer’s is a disorder that can be treated but has no cure yet. The patient must maintain their head up and be hopeful about their future, as well as surround themselves with love and care.


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Unwired India is a neurotech-startup that aims at integrating state-of-the-art research and developments in STEM, for catalyzing the transition of Neuroscience to Neurotechnology. We develop avant-garde non-invasive neurostimulation products used to solve some of the world’s most critical global issues and challenges. Our mission is to take cutting-edge brain research directly into the lives and homes of people, thereby fostering a unique culture of sustainable neuroscience and scientific literacy in India.


  • Founded in 2020, we are the pioneers of Nootropics and non-invasive Neurotechnology devices in the country, and offer so much more than high-quality, delicious Brain Nutrition products for daily cognitive support; a full-service health and fitness startup that has become an important part of the local community, here in New Delhi, India.

  • We develop non-GMO, all-natural nootropic (smart-drug) formulations, Himalayan herb blends, and specialized amino-nutraceutical interventions and supplements for enhanced brain function, cognition, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration.

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The Hope Project (THP) is a neuro-disorder awareness initiative within the organisational framework of Unwired India. The initiative aims at creating and scaling awareness against the stigma, fear and apprehensions associated with with Neurological disorders.


Aims: To promote and develop awareness across global masses and to emphasise the importance of early detection, in addition to fostering a healthy lifestyle- which is important in the management and treatment of these ailments.


WORK WITH US. Register at www.unwiredindia.com/team


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A friendly reminder: We've done our research, but you should too! Check our sources against your own and always exercise sound judgment.


https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-happens-brain-alzheimers-disease#:~:text=At%20first%2C%20Alzheimer's%20disease%20typically,%2C%20reasoning%2C%20and%20social%20behavior. 

Mayo Clinic Meredith Special Magazine. Issue: Understanding Alzheimer’s - Your Guide to Brain Health. Published by Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK499922/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3181599/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6073093/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6650620/

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About The Author


Raquel Paz Bergia

Leader of The Hope Project & International Growth Ambassador (Madrid, Spain)


Raquel Paz Bergia is a writer from Spain who developed an interest in Neurology at an early age. Over the last few years, she has surrounded her studies around Cognitive Biomedical Engineering. She has a passion for learning and researching degenerative diseases and their impact on the community.



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