Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia
Many people start to worry as they get older about becoming forgetful and what exactly constitutes normal memory loss. As we get older our brain changes. We eventually notice that our thinking will become slowed down and we have problems remembering certain things. However, one should know that serious memory loss and confusion are not typical to normal aging.
Let’s start with the basics
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
What are the signs of Alzheimer’s?
- Poor judgement and decision making
- Inability to manage a budget
- Losing track of the date or season
- Difficulty having a conversation
- Misplacing things and not being able to find them
- Changes in mood and personality
Alzheimer’s is also a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.
Alzheimer’s currently has no cure. However, treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. If you feel that your loved one has begun showing signs of dementia, Please take them to the doctor to get diagnosed immediately.