Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

What are Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, a neurological condition that affects memory and cognitive skills. It is a degenerative condition that can occur at any age, but usually affects people aged 65 and over. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, affecting over 850,000 people in the UK.


What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Many people associate Alzheimer’s and dementia with memory loss, but there are a variety of other symptoms as well. These include:

  • Cognitive difficulties, such as reducing speed of thought
  • Loss of mental sharpness and quickness
  • Difficulty with language, such as using words incorrectly, or having trouble speaking
  • Problems with judgement
  • Erratic mood swings
  • Difficulty with movement
  • Difficulties doing daily activities
  • Loss of interest in their usual activities
  • Problems managing their behaviour or emotions
  • Finding social situations difficult
  • Loss of interest in relationships and socialising
  • Changes to personality
  • Loss of empathy for others
  • Hallucinations

As dementia affects a person’s mental abilities, they may find daily tasks difficult, meaning that maintaining their independence may also become a problem. The symptoms of dementia will usually worsen with time.


What causes Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

As there are a number of different forms of dementia, there is also a range of theories as to what causes them. Experts believe that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the abnormal build-up of two proteins, known as amyloid and tau. However, the exact reason for the connection is still not confirmed.

Research is still underway for what exactly causes different forms of dementia, in the hopes that it will help to find a cure.


What treatment options are available for Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s and dementia, but there are certain behavioural and lifestyle changes that are believed to help manage and slow down the process of symptoms. These include:

  • Staying socially active
  • Eating a healthy, balanced diet
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Exercising regularly
  • Staying up to date with flu and pneumonia vaccinations
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Avoiding caffeine and alcohol at night
  • Having regular dental, eyesight, and hearing check-ups
  • Having a regular routine
  • Putting keys and other essential items in obvious places, such as a large bowl in the hall
  • Keeping a list of helpful numbers (including who to contact in an emergency) by the phone
  • Putting regular bills on direct debits
  • Using a pill organiser box to stay on top of medications
  • Making sure the home is dementia-friendly and safe

Although these symptoms can help to slow down symptoms, the condition will inevitably worsen over time. Eventually, most people with a form of dementia need someone else to live with them to take care of daily activities.


How can medical cannabis help with Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

When traditional treatment can’t provide an answer, medical cannabis could provide relief for dementia patients. For example, a study from 2019, ‘A Review on Studies of Marijuana for Alzheimer’s Disease – Focusing on CBD, THC’, conducted by Seok Hee Kim, Jin Won Yang, Kyung Han Kim, Jong Uk Kim, and Tae Han Yook, found that “the CBD components of cannabis might be useful to treat and prevent AD because CBD components could suppress the main causal factors of AD. Moreover, it was suggested that using CBD and THC together could be more useful than using CBD or THC alone.”

The Medical Cannabis Clinics’ team is dedicated to raising awareness about how medical cannabis can help with a range of neurological conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Your prescription can be tailored to suit your individual circumstances and needs, with ongoing support and adjustments made as necessary.

At The Medical Cannabis Clinics, we offer personalised treatment plans and private care for patients through online video link consultations with our expert specialist doctors, who will guide you through the treatment options available from the clinic.

Appointments start from just £70. Book a private consultation today and one of our expert specialist doctors will be able to offer you targeted advice and treatment plans, unique to your needs and symptoms.

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