According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer's Disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. As with the rest of the body, the brain loses part of its functionality with age, but Alzheimer's causes special damage to the brain cells and their ability to communicate with one another for coordinated bodily functions. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to deal with daily tasks, resulting in the need for assistance from family or caregivers.
According to the Alzheimer's Association website, about 5.1 million Americans live with Alzheimer's dementia – that’s one in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent).
Research has also established that early diagnosis of Alzheimer's is essential for its management. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s provides significant medical, emotional, and social benefits for diagnosed individuals, their caregivers, and loved ones. The importance of early diagnosis especially when a person presents the signs cannot thus be overemphasized.
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Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
As a form of dementia, Alzheimer’s causes changes to the brain that disrupt one’s ability to carry out normal daily activities due to loss of memory and cognitive ability. The symptoms accompanying Alzheimer’s include:
Memory Loss – Forgetting recently learned information, dates, events, asking the same information over and over.
Loss of familiarity with objects and situations – Persons with Alzheimer’s experience difficulties with carrying out everyday tasks and remembering familiar objects. This is unrelated to the occasional forgetfulness associated with old age.
Difficulty in speaking and writing – Alzheimer’s affects one’s ability to read, write and complete sentences. For example, one may forget how to finish sentences in the middle of conversations utterly unrelated to the loss of speaking and writing abilities associated with old age. The loss of speaking and writing abilities is mainly related to new words.
Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps – A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places and/or lose things and be unable to retrace their steps to find them again.
Changes in mood or personality – People suffering from Alzheimer’s can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious very easily. They may be easily irritated or upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.
Other signs of Alzheimer’s include loss of the ability to make sound judgments, withdrawal from work or social activities, poor judgment, or confusion with time or place.
With many years of experience caring for Alzheimer’s patients, we understand the difficulties patients suffer with and the effects it has on their families. Contact us to discuss how we can help your loved one age comfortably with Alzheimer’s home care.