Alzheimer’s disease is a medical condition, where the nerve cells located in the brain die, causing problems when the brain is sending the proper signals to the body.

This disease is a form of dementia that can cause memory problems as well as changes in thinking patterns and behavior. The disease develops slowly with its symptoms and eventually becomes worse.

A severe case of Alzheimer’s requires patients to be put under full-time care because as the brain stops functioning properly, even completing daily tasks alone becomes impossible. It is the most common type of dementia and almost 50% to 80% of dementia cases are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  Although Alzheimer’s is not a part of the normal aging process, age is the factor that is the biggest cause of this disease.

In its mild stages, Alzheimer’s is like a memory loss problem that gradually builds over time. Ultimately, patients of Alzheimer’s even lose the ability to speak and respond; and the lack of brain activity leads to imminent death. Survival range of people with Alzheimer’s is from 4 to 20 years, varying with the health care and age of every patient.

Signs & Symptoms
As the disease progresses slowly, its symptoms are usually detected at a much later stage. However, some common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • Weak memory – especially when the person has to learn new things or remember information. This eventually develops into complete memory loss.
  • Confusion and disorientation – people with Alzheimer’s tend to be confused about their surroundings and can get lost easily.
  • Misplacement of belongings – the person leaves personal belongings in strange places and is unable to recall the location.
  • Problems with accounts – Alzheimer’s affects the brain’s ability to tally and calculate.
  • Inability to perform everyday tasks – personal grooming becomes a difficulty for an Alzheimer’s patient.
  • Modification in behavior – people with Alzheimer’s often become confused, irritable, restless, quiet or fearful.
  • Increase in poor judgment – an Alzheimer’s patient is unable to come to clear and correct decisions by themselves.
  • Unable to follow directions – as the brain becomes muddled easily, people with this disease cannot follow directions very well.
  • Problems in communicating – the ability to use language gradually decrease as the disease spreads.
  • Unaware of surroundings – an Alzheimer’s patient cannot interact well with his surroundings and is unable to identify shapes and objects clearly.
  • Lack of spirit and motivation – the person becomes quiet and inactive, requiring prompts to interact and get involved in social gatherings.
  • Change in sleeping patterns – people suffering from Alzheimer’s may suffer from a shift in sleeping patterns; sleeping during the day and staying awake at night.

As the exact causes of Alzheimer’s are unknown, it is very difficult to prevent this disease. Research shows that age, genetics and family history are the main causes of the disease and nothing can truly be done to modify them.

However, new research also shows that in order to prevent a risk of Alzheimer’s; people should protect themselves from:

  • Head trauma that can lead to damage of the nerve cells.
  • Heart diseases that will reduce the flow of blood to the brain, causing damage and dead cells.
  • Ill health as healthy aging can reduce risks of most diseases.

Who is affected?
In most cases, Alzheimer’s disease affects people in their old age, i.e. beyond the age of 65. Most cases are from the age range of 75 to 85 years, but there are some rare cases where this disease can attack people in the 40s. This condition is called early-onset Alzheimer’s and is usually inherited.

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  • Freedom Square
    Alzheimer’s and dementia care communities represent a special form of assisted living in which we offer housing, supportive services and care to those who need it.
    (727) 398-0244 | 7800 Liberty Lane, Seminole, FL
    Category: Alzheimers and Dementia Care
  • Lake Seminole Square
    Alzheimer’s and dementia care communities represent a special form of assisted living in which we offer housing, supportive services and care to those who need it.
    (727) 392-3932 | 8333 Seminole Blvd., Seminole, FL 33772
    Category: Alzheimers and Dementia Care
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