Alzheimer's Disease Physical Therapy Journal

Alzheimer's disease is perhaps the worst you disease that could happen to a family member. A common form of dementia, Alzheimer's affects the brain. It is one of the most serious forms of dementia, resulting in a person losing their ability to carry out daily tasks. Also known as AD, it begins slowly and usually after the age of 60. One is more prone to it if they have a close family member who has suffered from the disease.

Sadly the numbers of people affected by this are growing and many fail to recognize what are the initial symptoms of the disease. As I learned from Oprah, “you don't have Alzheimer's if you forget your keys or where you put them, but if you're holding your car keys and you've forgotten what they are for, then its time for a check up. “

The first of the symptoms appear in the form of memory loss, the inability to remember where you live, not recognizing family members and these are considered to be all that is Alzheimer's. The truth is that it is a kind of deterioration of the brain, where as the disease progresses, one will ultimately forget how to brush and shower and will need round the clock care. Sadly this is one of those diseases that are not well understood by the medical society. The patient may suddenly come out of the disease and be completely lucid and there is no explanation for this. Family members are often torn and frustrated when taking care of an affected member.

The degree of care that is required for a patient is however not the only issue. This disease takes an emotional toll on family members. Imagine waking up and talking to your mother, telling her you love her, brushing her hair and helping her change and all this time she has no idea who you are. It's for this reason that many institutes provide support for family members as well. And in this respect one of the very renowned medical journals, “the physical therapy journal" also provides articles and book reviews for those who are attached with someone suffering from the disease.

Founded in 1921, Physical Therapy is the official publication of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and is an international, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal. Physical Therapy serves APTA members, other health care professionals, and patients/clients by (1) documenting basic and applied knowledge related to physical therapy, (2) providing evidence to guide clinical decision making, and (3) publishing a variety of research that is relevant to the field and diverse opinions that are based in scholarly arguments. Physical Therapy, like the profession it serves, strives to enhance the function, health, and well-being of all members of society. (http://www.ptjournal.org/misc/about.dtl)

One review I found particularly good was of the book, “Mom's OK, She Just Forgets: The Alzheimer's Journey From Denial to Acceptance" by MacLay E. and Young EP describing the first hand journey of people who have had first hand experience caring for a family member with Alzheimer's .

The journal's website is also of great help. Subscriptions to the online version are available for a membership fee and the website provides free updates regarding new important topics. It has a collection of Alzheimer's related researches and books.

When it's a question of one of our loved ones, we are always on the lookout for the “cure", or anything that might help make it easier on the patient. A great way to stay up-to-date is with this journal.