Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease: What it is and What you can do

Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease: What it is and What you can do

Act Now Foundation: Alzheimer’s Awareness

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s is a disease of the brain that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. It is not a normal part of aging. Alzheimer’s gets worse over time. Although symptoms can vary widely, the first problem many people notice is forgetfulness severe enough to affect their ability to function at home or at work or to enjoy a lifelong hobby.

The disease may cause a person to become confused lost in familiar places, misplace things or have trouble with language.

When memory loss is a warning sign.

Many people worry about becoming more forgetful as they grow older. Our brains change as we age, just like the rest of our bodies. Most of us eventually notice some slowed thinking and problems remembering certain things. However, serious memory loss, confusion and other major changes in the way our minds work are not a typical part of aging. Many conditions can disrupt memory  and mental function. Symptoms may improve when the underlying cause is treated.

Anyone experiencing significant memory problems should see a doctor as soon as possible. Methods for early  diagnosis are improving dramatically and treatment options and sources of support can improve quality of life.

An early diagnosis helps individuals receive treatment for symptoms and gain access to programs and support services. It may also allow them to take part in decisions about care, living arrangements, money and legal matters.

It can be easy to explain away unusual behavior, especially for someone who seems physically healthy. Instead, seek a diagnosis as early as possible.

Possible causes of memory problems include:

*Depression

*Poor Diet

*Thyroid issues

*Infections dementias

*Medication side effects

*Excess alcohol use

*Vitamin Deficiencies

*Alzheimer’s disease

What’s the difference?

Signs of Alzheimer’s/Dementia

*Poor judges and decision making

*Inability to manage a budget

*Losing track of the date or the season

*Difficulty having a conversation

*Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them.

Typical age-related changes

*Making a bad decision once in a while

*Missing a monthly payment

*Forgetting which day it is and remembering later

*Losing things from time to time

Act Now Foundation

830 Bergen Avenue, Suite 8A

Jersey City, NJ  07306

201-721-6721

Disclaimer: this information was taken directly from the Act Now Foundation Alzheimer’s Awareness pamphlet. I have not used the service so I have no opinion on it either yes or no to how it works. Please call or email at the above numbers to get more information on the program.

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About jwatrel

I am a free-lance writer and Blogger. I am the author of the book "Firehouse 101" (IUniverse.com 2005) part of trilogy of books centered in New York City. My next book "Love Triangles" is finished being edited and should be ready for release in the Fall. My latest book, "Dinner at Midnight", a thriller is on its last chapter. My long awaited book explains the loss of the 2004 Yankee game to Boston. I work as a Consultant, Adjunct College Professor, Volunteer Fireman and Ambulance member and Blogger. I have a blog site for caregivers called 'bergencountycaregiver', a step by step survival guide to all you wonderful folks taking care of your loved ones, a walking project to walk every block, both sides, of the island of Manhattan "MywalkinManhattan" and discuss what I see and find on the streets of New York and three sites to accompany it. One is an arts site called "Visiting a Museum", where I showcase small museums, historical sites and parks that are off the beaten track both in Manhattan and outside the city to cross reference with "MywalkinManhattan" blog site. Another is "DiningonaShoeStringNYC", featuring small restaurants I have found on my travels in this project, that offer wonderful meals for $10.00 and under. So be on the lookout for updates on all three sites and enjoy 'MywalkinManhattan'. The third is my latest site, "LittleShoponMainStreet", which showcases all the unique and independent shops that I have found on my travels throughout and around Manhattan. I have started two new blog sites for the fire department, one "EngineOneHasbrouck HeightsFireDepartmentnj" for the Hasbrouck Heights Fire Department to discuss what our Engine Company is doing and the other is "BergenCountyFireman'sHomeAssociation" for the Bergen County Fireman's Association, which fire fighters from Bergen County, NJ, go to the Fireman's Home in Boonton, NJ to bring entertainment and cheer to our fellow brother fire fighters quarterly.
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1 Response to Basics of Alzheimer’s Disease: What it is and What you can do

  1. jwatrel says:

    Please call or email the above numbers for more information

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