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:
*Medication side effects
*Excess alcohol use
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
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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.