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New Delhi: Former Defense Minister George Fernandes died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 in Delhi after a long illness. The leader of the Samata Party was 88 years old and suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Fernandes, who has been bedridden in recent years, recently contracted swine flu, a respiratory infection that worsens chronic conditions such as heart disease, asthma and pneumonia. Individuals affected with the H1N1 flu virus also exhibit neurological symptoms, ranging from confusion to seizures and respiratory failure.
Fernandes, who was born in Mangalore, Karnataka, on June 3, 1930, had been battling Alzheimer's disease for a long time. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive form of dementia, which is described by a group of symptoms that affect memory, thinking and behavior. Read on to learn more about this progressive disorder. Read – Alzheimer's disease: 11 neuropsychiatric symptoms in AD patients, 5 critical tips for caregivers
Main facts you need to know about Alzheimer's disease
- Alzheimer's disease is a chronic condition that causes brain cells to disappear and die.
- Memory loss and confusion are the main symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Other signs of illness include speech or writing problems, decreased personal hygiene, mood and personality changes, withdrawal from friends and family, etc. As Alzheimer's is a progressive disorder, symptoms gradually worsen over time.
- Anyone can have Alzheimer's, however, adults over 65 years of age and those with a family history of the disease are at higher risk of developing the disease.
- Many note that Alzheimer's and dementia are similar, but they are not the same thing. Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia.
- Although there is no identifiable cause of Alzheimer's, scientists believe the disorder is caused by a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time.
- There is no cure for Alzheimer's disease, but proper medication and treatment strategies can help slow the progression of the disorder and temporarily improve symptoms.
Similarly, there is no definitive way to prevent Alzheimer's disease, but the evidence suggests that changes in lifestyle, diet, exercise and habits – which are essential for good health and well-being – can reduce the risk of disease .
Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a healthcare professional if you have any specific questions about any medical issue.