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Recent studies have suggested that a herb named turmeric is effective in subsiding the severe effects of core symptoms in Alzheimer's patients. In addition, regular consumption of this herb is beneficial in preventing the occurrence of this disease. Curcumin, which is a bio-active component of turmeric has a potential role in prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. It has strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which counteract the formation of plaques in the brain and improve cognitive functions. Thus, turmeric helps in recovering Alzheimer's disease because of its valuable medicinal properties.
There are many risk factors for Alzheimer’s but greatest known risk factor is increasing age. The majority of people with this illness are 65 and older but there are also some cases where there is early onset as well. Like all chronic diseases, Alzheimer’s symptoms gradually worsen throughout the years. The average survival rate of those with Alzheimer’s is eight years and unfortunately, there is no current cure for this disease. However, there are treatments available to lessen the severity of the symptoms and to increase the quality of life of Alzheimer’s patients.
Although there is no cure or treatment to slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease it can be treated with medication, memory activities, and music therapy. The main classification of medication that is used for Alzheimer disease is Cholinesterase inhibitors. A noninvasive and inexpensive intervention to enhance the memory of the Alzheimer’s patient is music therapy. Music therapy is using diverse types of music to promote physical, emotion and behavioral well-being. (Covington,1997).
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