Saturday, May 26, 2012

# alzheimers # Auguste deter

Alzheimer's

I came to know about this disease only after seeing a regional movie like 5 or 10yrs before. After that movie was released, Alzheimer's disease  became a huge talk in the town. When some forget to get something or if we don't answer any question in the class, they straight away ask whether you have Alzheimer to forget things so fast.It was all just a "word" for us back then. Keen on knowing what Alzheimer is, made me difficult to say what it really is. Knowing that currently there  is no cure for it,  has worsen my fright.

Alzheimer's was first named as 'disease of forgetfulness'  as simple. The seriousness of the case is even more worsen than death. Living your life without even knowing who you are, although your entire family is standing in front of you    you don't recognize a single member in them, you starts forgetting how to communicate, you need someones help to do your daily routine.It is hard  to imagine living such a life, then how could you live it.

Alzheimer's was first seen in a women named Auguste Deter.She started showing her symptoms such as loss of memory, delusion etc during the late 1890s. She faced trouble in  sleeping at night and her family has seen her screaming at the middle of the night. She was admitted in the hospital in Frankfurt, Germany by her husband Karl deter. There she was examined by Dr. Alois Alzheimer who asked her many questions but she repeatedly told: "I am lost"


Dr. Alzheimer had recorded his examination of his patient,
"What is your name?“
"Auguste.“
"Family name?“
"Auguste.“
"What is your husband's name?“ - she hesitates, finally answers:
"I believe ... Auguste.“
"Your husband?“
"Oh, so!“
"How old are you?“
"Fifty-one.“
"Where do you live?“
"Oh, you have been to our place“
"Are you married?“
"Oh, I am so confused.“
"Where are you right now?“
"Here and everywhere, here and now, you must not think badly of me.“
"Where are you at the moment?“
"This is where I will live.“
"Where is your bed?“
"Where should it be?“
Around midday, Frau Auguste D. ate pork and cauliflower.
"What are you eating?“
"Spinach.“ (She was chewing meat.)
"What are you eating now?“
"First I eat potatoes and then horseradish.“
"Write a '5'."
She writes: "A woman"
"Write an '8'."
She writes: "Auguste" (While she is writing she again says, "It's like I have lost myself.")
 Alzheimer's concluded that she had no idea about time or place. She could barely give any appropriate answers to what questions were asked. Her emotions frequently changed. Although  the situation didn't get any better, they were able to study her case. At her last days she spent muttering to herself and died on 8 April 1906.
There is no cure for this disease, but to an extend we can try preventing it.

Change your lifestyle for the betterment of your health.


  1. Regular exercise
  2. Healthy diet
  3. Mental stimulation
  4. Quality sleep
  5. Stress management
  6. An active social life

Because in 2006, there were 26.6 million sufferers worldwide. Alzheimer's is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people globally by 2050.



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