Alzheimer's is not a natural part of aging. It is a progressive, degenerative disorder that attacks the brains nerve cells resulting in memory and language skills loss, and behavioral changes. It is the most common cause of dementia, or a loss of intellectual function among people 65 or older.
Experts have identified common warning signs. These symptoms gradually increase and become more persistent as time passes.
- Memory Loss- especially new information such as recent events, names or object placement
- Confusion about time and place
- Struggling to complete familiar actions such as getting dressed or brushing teeth
- Trouble finding the right words, completing sentences and following conversations or direction
- Poor decision making
- Changes in personality or mood- persistent mood swings, disinterest in usual activities
- Increased suspicion or withdrawal
- Difficulty with complex mental tasks such as balancing a checkbook or working with numbers
Alzheimer's Awareness is not a substitute for a screening with a health care provider.
Dementia is a general term that describes a group of symptoms, such as loss of memory, judgment, language, complex motor skills, and other intellectual functions, caused by the permanent damage or death of the brain's nerve cells. One or more of several diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, can cause dementia. Although Alzheimer's is the most common cause, it represents about 60 percent of all dementias.
The clinical symptoms and the progression of dementia vary, depending on the type of disease causing it, and the location and number of damaged brain cells. Some types progress slowly over years, while others may result in sudden loss of intellectual function.
As with Alzheimer's the experts have isolated some warning signs.
- Trouble with new memories
- Need to rely on memory helpers
- Trouble finding words
- Struggling to complete familiar actions
- Confusion about time and place or people
- Misplacing familiar objects
- Onset of new depression or irritability
- Poor judgment
- Change of personality
- Loss of interest in important irresponsibility
- Expressing false beliefs
- Hearing or seeing things
Dementia awareness is not a substitute for for a screening with a health care provider.