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Alzheimer - Causes, Symptoms, Health Insurance Coverage

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​What Is Alzheimer?

This disease is a type of dementia that affects thinking, memory, and behavior of the patient. Symptoms can grow from moderate to severe in no time and it can affect the daily life of patients and people around them. One not only lost their memory but they lose the ability to do simple things. If the patient suffering from Alzheimer's is not taken care of properly, it can get worse with time. 

Symptoms


Gradual memory loss is one of the main symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. Other signs and symptoms of Alzheimer Disease are: 

  • Repeat statements​
  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Questioning everything
  • Social withdrawal
  • Keep on forgetting things 
  • Depression
  • Get lost in familiar places
  • Forgets the name of the loved ones 
  • Mood swings
  • Inability to respond to the environment
  • Apathy
  • Irritating nature and aggressiveness
  • Delusions

  • You need to consult the doctor immediately as if this disease is not treated at the right time, it can get worse. If anyone in your family is showing the symptoms mentioned above, you should book an appointment with the doctor immediately.

    Diagnosis


    One of the best ways to diagnose the severity of Alzheimer’s disease is by sharing all the behavioral changes, symptoms with the doctor. In this procedure, a member of the family can be of big help. Other than this, your doctor may also ask you to go through some of the diagnostic tests that help in understanding the patient’s thinking skills and memory. 

    Lab tests: Blood tests will help your doctor in ruling out vitamin deficiencies or thyroid disorder as they are the potential cause of memory loss. 

    Neuropsychological testing: This type of testing is important as it helps the doctor understand the thinking of the patient. Also, this type of test helps in tracking the progression of symptoms in the future. 

    Brain imaging: Your doctor will use the image of the brain to see if there are any abnormalities related to conditions other than Alzheimer's disease-like trauma, strokes, or tumors. 

    In the case of severely growing dementia, your doctor mat recommends other tests.

    Treatment


    As of now, there is no cure available. However, with the help of prevention and some medications, a patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease will have some relief. There are basically two types of drugs that are used to treat symptoms:

    Cholinesterase Inhibitors: These drugs help in preserving the chemical messenger that gets reduced in Alzheimer’s disease. 

    Cholinesterase inhibitors: This drug also improves neuropsychiatric symptoms like depression or agitation. Some of the cholinesterase inhibitors are rivastigmine (Exelon), galantamine (Razadyne), and donepezil (Aricept). 

    ​Health Insurance


    The cost of treating Alzheimer’s disease can put a major strain on your pocket. That is why it is advisable to buy health insurance from a reputable insurance company such as Reliance General Insurance. This health insurance plan​ will take care of medical expenses and hospitalization bills. The coverage offered by this plan will help you in times of medical crisis. You can also enjoy tax benefits under section 80D of Income Tax Act, 1961. You will also be eligible for cashless treatment at network hospitals of your insurance provider. All you need to do is provide the hospital with necessary documents to get the treatment.