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.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
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.
Where are we in terms of understanding and treating Alzheimer?
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.
Are there available treatments?
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.
At what age does Alzheimer’s occur?
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.
7 Early warning signs of Alzheimerʼs Disease
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life, misplacing things, and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks and solving problems
- Confusion with time and places
- Challenges with speaking or writing
- Withdrawal from social activities
- Changes in mood and personality
What to do if you think you or your loved ones are affected
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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