Monday, September 2, 2019
September is World's Alzheimer awareness month, an international campaign by Alzheimer's Disease International. The goal is to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. For this reason, all our the blog posts in September will be on Alzheimer and mental wellness for seniors.
Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia among older adults.
It's an illness that progressively deteriorates memory, thinking, and behavior. Alzheimer's ultimately affects a person's ability to work, engage in normal everyday activities, and maintain relationships.
Alzheimer's is caused by brain cell death, the causes of which can vary depending on the types of brain changes that are taking place.
Currently, available therapies do not prevent, halt, or reverse Alzheimerʼs. However, they can temporarily improve and prolong cognitive for those who have been diagnosed. Furthermore, the sooner you find out, the more time the patient and their family have to prepare for what is to come.
While there are cases of early-onset Alzheimer's, the average age at diagnosis of Alzheimer diagnosis is 80. However, symptoms can first appear with patients as early as in their mid-60s.
If you are experiencing one or more of these warning signs, itʼs best to talk to your provider and get a comprehensive medical evaluation.
Such an evaluation typically includes a cognitive test, a neurological exam, and/or brain imaging.
It can be overwhelming to receive an Alzheimerʼs diagnosis in your family. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed, itʼs important to remember youʼre, not alone. Your family doctor can give you advice, guidance, and resources.
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