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Loss of Memory

Jun 8th, 2010

memoryMemory loss as individual’s progress in age is to some extent a normal function. This usually happens because we are so over burdened that it becomes unavoidable. There is a fine line though with each health care medical provider and the patients they administer care.

The health insurance industry is well aware that when an individual is diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease that this is a very long, slow, debilitating disease. In the beginning, it is barely noticeable and by the time, the health care medical provider detects the progressive disease it is well on its way.

Most individuals who are diagnosed with Dementia or Alzheimer’s disease understand that the average monthly cost for health insurance is going to rise. Though most of the individuals who are diagnosed are currently under the protection of a health insurance provider, the cost for just the medication is very expensive.

The unfortunate reasoning among many in the health insurance is that they understand how subtle this disease creeps up on individuals. Yet, the population believes this progression is more similar to catching a flu virus or a cold and this is not the case.

Even the health insurance industry understands that the progression is over a number of years and not a sudden onset. This is where the families can help by becoming more observant to a member’s sudden behavior changes.  Dementia and ultimately Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological disorder and many times even the health care medical provider will not be observant to the subtle signs.

The health insurance industry acknowledges that the precursor is the cognitive impairment that begins years before the onset of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. This is the time when the family members can help the health care medical provider by informing him or her of the subtle changes that seem consistently noticeable.

In most noticeable cases, the cause is with the changes in the temporal lobe where the short-term memory is located. Another area that is generally affected is the olfactory system. This is most notable with individuals who can no longer identify family members. However, this is best left for the health care medical provider to diagnose.

Family members can help the health care medical provider by keeping a daily record of normal activities and the times the comfort zone changes or becomes uncomfortable for the individual in question. The health insurance industry and the health care providers will also work with the family members to help them understand the progression as time progresses.

Health care providers understand well how disheartening it becomes when a loved one no longer has the ability to recognize other close family members like sons and daughters.

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