What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
The most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills. Eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest of tasks is beyond the patient’s capability. It is not a part of normal aging.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that begins slowly and gets worse over time. In its early stages, memory loss is mild; however, as the disease progresses, individuals lose their ability to interact with or respond to their environment. How quickly the disease advances varies from person to person. Currently, there is no cure. Advances in medicine have been able to slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve the quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s.
Memory loss that becomes disruptive of daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association has listed these 10 warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Not everyone with the disease will experience these signs in the same way or to the same degree of intensity.
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work, or at leisure
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
If you notice any of these 10 warning signs in you or a loved one, please see your doctor immediately, as the medications available today work best at the early stages.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s does not mean the person is no longer capable of living a full life and making decisions. With the right support and guidance, it is possible to maintain an active life engaged in fun activities and full of meaningful relationships. If you have any questions, or would like to meet with me to discuss your specific situation, please contact me to set up a complimentary consultation. I would be honored to work with you and your family throughout this journey.
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