Losing your memory?
Getting lost often?
Relying solely on your cars' GPS?
Did you know dementia not only has effects on memory? In severe cases, it causes hospital Emergency Departments to have to use chemical or mechanical restraint. A study from Royal Melbourne Hospital recently published by Australian Doctor online showed:
Alzheimer's and Dementia are mentally crippling conditions where memory is lost and loved ones may not even be able to recognize family and friends.
Washington University School of Medicine have discovered that even one night of disrupted sleep is enough to raise levels of the brain protein amyloid beta which is linked with Alzheimer's disease. When this clumps together it can stop neuronal brain cells talking with each other which can destroy neurons and erase memory.
In Australia, more than 1 in 3 adults complain of significant sleep issues, with even more saying they "do not feel refreshed when they wake in the morning". Dr Justin Lim says "Lack of sleep impacts your concentration, you become forgetful and display irritation. Your cognition deteriorates and even a mild cognitive impairment can be a warning sign for Alzheimer's disease".
Research reported in the Medical Journal of Australia from an international study involving Germany, the US and the UK suggested that lack of navigational skills may be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease. Although there are multiple factors which contribute to the severity of Alzheimer's, this may provide us with an avenue to diagnosing this chronic condition in its early stages in the future.