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Campaign alert for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease in Rio

Estimating Association of Relatives and Friends of People with Alzheimer's than 6% of the 15 million seniors in this country suffer from the disease

 
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A campaign to warn of the advance of Alzheimer's disease and enlighten families about how to support the treatment of patients was launched today (4) by the Association of Relatives and Friends of People with Alzheimer's (Apaz - Rio). The entity is estimated that 6% of the 15 million elderly people in the country suffer from the disease.

To show how the disease impacts the daily life of patients and their families, there was a performance by the theater group Old Ladies Santa Teresa. The idea was to clarify, in a relaxed way, symptoms that start with memory loss. The action is part of a global campaign, organized in September, is celebrated as the Day of the Alzheimer (21).

Alzheimer's is a degenerative disease with no cure that causes loss of ability to orient, learning and language. The patient is totally dependent on help for daily tasks such as eating and doing their own hygiene, reports the association's president, Maria Aparecida Guimarães - who for 14 years lived with her mother's illness.

For her, with increasing life expectancy of the world population and the number of elderly - track where the disease is more frequent new awareness campaigns about the signs and training of professionals for early diagnosis are needed. The disease has no cure, reinforces Aparecida, but the treatment slows the advance of evil.

The patient then suffer with less side effects, have a more stable life, without many mood swings, depression, aggression and this is also important for the family, for those who live with the patient, said the association's president . It charges the regulation by Congress, the profession of elderly assistance.

Drug therapy is offered by the Unified Health System (SUS) and has reference units in Rio de Janeiro as the Hospital of servers. As the causes are not known, the Ministry of Health recommends keeping the mind active through reading, memory games, logic exercises and social activities group.

Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
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