November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month
It’s been estimated that 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. As of now, it is the only one of the common causes of death that has no cure, effective treatment or prevention. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.
Here is a look at six major symptoms:
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. This includes forgetting importing dates or events, asking the same questions repeatedly, and needing to rely on memory aids or family members for things they used to handle on their own.
2. Obstacles in planning or solving problems or completing simple tasks. This may include not being able to keep track of monthly bills or follow simple directions, such as turning on the microwave or starting the car.
3. Being confused about time or place. People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passing of time. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.
4. Problems speaking or writing. This can involve following or joining a conversation. They may struggle with words or call things by the wrong name.
5. Withdrawing from social activities. The world becomes smaller for Alzheimer’s victims. They may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports.
6. Changes in mood and personality. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful, agitated and/or anxious.
If you need help with a family member with Alzheimer’s Disease, please call. We are here for you!