Alzheimer’s is terrifying for people. Therefore it is important to understand what Alzheimer’s to prevent and prepare them.
What is dementia?
Dementia is a big term describing a chronic and progressive loss of mental functions. Mental functions affected include: memory, speech, emotional coping skills, and thinking / problem solving skills. There are many forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.
There are varies symptoms differently from person to person.
WebMD describes the most common early symptoms as:
- Minor/Major Memory Loss
- Difficulties planning, solving problems, and performing daily tasks
- Becoming disoriented easily
- Vision difficulties: distinguishing distances, colors, or words on the page
- Challenges with vocabulary: expressing oneself in speech or print becomes difficult, jumbled or confusing
- Losing / Misplacing things in unusual places and/or accusing others of taking them
- Mood changes: becoming upset easily, depression / anxiety, loss of motivation or social withdrawal
The list isn’t exhaustive, but it is enough to bring anyone to a specialist to be screened.
Who’s at risk:
Alzheimer’s isn’t only a disease of old people. There are cases where symptoms appear in their 40’s and 50’s, but the majority of people living with Alzheimer’s disease are over the age of 65. The causes and contributing factors are not clearly implicit. However, it is clear that risk increases with age and particularly if there is a history of dementia in the family. People of all backgrounds and genders are affected by the condition.
What to do?
There is still no cure for Alzheimer’s. But we can slow down the progression of symptoms. The best thing of slowing growth is to know the condition as soon as possible.