Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care
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Alzheimer’s (AHLZ-high-merz) disease is a progressive brain disorder that gradually destroys a person’s memory and ability to learn, reason, make judgments, communicate and carry out daily activities. As Alzheimer’s progresses,individuals may also experience changes in personality and behavior, such as anxiety, suspiciousness or agitation, as well as delusions or hallucinations. Click here to locate a licensed Alzheimer's Care provider!
Although there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, new treatments are on the horizon as a result of accelerating insight into the biology of the disease. Research has also shown that effective care and support can improve quality of life for individuals and their caregiver. Here are a few frequently questions on Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care that you may find helpful:
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History & Facts
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people. It involves parts of the brain that control thought, memory, and language. and language. Alzheimer’s damages a person’s ability to reason, remember, speak, perform simple calculations, and carry out routine tasks.
What is Dementia?
Dementia is a brain disorder that seriously affects a person’s memory, thinking, and reasoning skills.
How many people suffer from Alzheimer’s?
It is estimated that up to 4.5 million people.
What is the most common age of Alzheimer’s onset?
Symptoms first appear after age 65. About 3 percent of men and women ages 65 to 74 have the disease, but nearly half of those age 85 and older.
What are the stages of Alzheimer’s?
The symptoms often progress through these stages: mild, moderate, and severe.
What are the causes of Alzheimer’s?
Although scientists do not yet fully understand the cause of Alzheimer’s, age is the most known risk factor.
Who has a higher risk of Alzheimer’s? Men or Women?
Associating age with Alzheimer’s, women have a longer lifespan than men, therefore making the lifetime risk, higher in women.
How long does Alzheimer’s disease last?
Patients who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease live for 8 to 10 years following diagnosis.
What are some signs and/or symptoms of Alzheimer’s?
There are many signs of Alzheimer’s. A few signs may include misplacing your keys, problems with judgment, daily problems with thinking or memory, trouble remembering appointments, or repeating the same things over and over.
Is memory loss normal?
Memory loss can be a normal part of aging. Any other memory loss that is more serious can be a sign of: Mild cognitive impairment, Dementia, or Alzheimer’s.
What are considered mild symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?
Mild symptoms include: Forgetfulness, difficulty solving problems, getting lost in familiar places, problems with concentration, and/or frequently repeating questions.
What are considered moderate symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?
Moderate symptoms include: Inappropriate behavior, the loss of some communication skills, and/or difficulty performing everyday tasks.
What are considered severe symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?
Severe symptoms include: Little or no memory, incontinence, becoming bedridden, and/or diminished ability to think or reason.Back to top
Alzheimer's Disease Prevention
Are there any preventative steps that can be taken for Alzheimer’s?
There is no medical consumption that can prevent Alzheimer’s. There are a few steps that people can use such as: lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, a healthy diet, exercising, and stimulating the mind.
Is an early detection important for Alzheimer’s?
Yes. The earlier the disease is diagnosed, the better chance you have in managing the symptoms, and allowing people to continue day to day life.
Is physical activity helpful in the prevention of Alzheimer’s?
Although there is no proven evidence of physical activity helping Alzheimer’s, physical therapy may improve mental functions of the brain.
If a family member has Alzheimer’s, am I at risk?
There are two types of Alzheimer’s disease: Early-onset familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD), and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. FAD occurs between the ages of 30 and 60.
Who should I go to if I suspect I may have Alzheimer’s?
Your first step should be to see your family physician. Your physician will then run some tests to determine the continuation of an evaluation process.
Does less engagement with other people affect the disease?
Yes. It could result in earlier onset of symptoms.Back to top
Alzheimer's Disease Treatment
How is Alzheimer’s diagnosed?
Alzheimer’s is diagnosed by many different tools. These tools include a complete medical history and tests that measure the memory. The ability to problem solve, count, speak, and possibly medical tests that include, urine, spinal fluid, and blood samples.
How is Alzheimer’s treated?
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s. However, there are medications that can help prevent some symptoms from becoming worse.
How accurate are the tests done for Alzheimer’s?
Doctors can now diagnose Alzheimer’s with 90% accuracy.Back to top