What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia that causes mental deterioration and the loss of cognitive abilities. It is a progressive disease where symptoms slowly worsen over time, eventually leading to the individual’s inability to respond to their environment. In the US, there are more than 3 million cases of Alzheimer’s per year, and the disease is the sixth leading cause of death. While treatment can help those suffering, the disease cannot yet be cured. Efforts are being made worldwide, not only to find better treatment options but to find a cure for Alzheimer’s.
Early Warning Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Memory Loss: The most common symptom of Alzheimer’s is memory loss. In the beginning stages, it is typical for the individual to forget recently learned information. As the disease progresses, it is common for old memories to begin to fade.
Difficulty with Problem Solving: Some individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s may experience difficulties developing or following a plan. It can become challenging to concentrate, and it may take the individual longer to complete tasks.
Confusion: People with Alzheimer’s may lose track of time or forget dates. They could have trouble remembering where they are and how they got there.
Problems with Speaking: It may be difficult for a person with Alzheimer’s to join or follow a conversation. They may struggle with remembering a name for something or call something by a different word completely.
Changes in Personality: The mood and personality of an individual suffering from Alzheimer’s can change. They can be fearful or anxious in new places that are out of their comfort zone or even become upset around friends and family.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. Raising awareness is necessary to help find a cure for the devastating disease. You can help join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by wearing purple or spreading the word through social media. Spread awareness and change lives. For more information and to find other ways to contribute to the cause, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.