Alzheimer’s Disease is an incredibly common disease. Everyone knows someone who has been affected. Alzheimer’s is characterized as a neuro-degenerative disease; where the connections between neurons are depleted. This results in impaired brain functions, confusion, forgetfulness, and disorientation. Not only are patients affected, but this disease is especially hard on their loved ones. Families are scared that not only is their loved one succumbing to a disease with no cure, they feel as though they are losing the person, before they are gone.
The Mayo Clinic describes the symptoms include problems with memory, thinking and reasoning, judgment, planning, and changes in personality and behavior. Memory issues include, “repeating states and questions over and over, forgetting conversations, routinely misplacing possessions, getting lost in familiar places, and having trouble finding the right words to express thoughts.” Thinking and reasoning is impacted by making, “multitasking especially difficult, and it may be challenging to manage finances and pay bills on time.” Some of the symptoms of changes in personality are, “depression, apathy, social withdrawal, mood swings, distrust, irritability, changes in sleeping habits, wandering, loss of inhibitions and delusions.”
Alzheimer’s Disease, like many other diseases, are caused by genetics, lifestyle, and diet. The “rate of dementia doubles every decade after age 60.” People with Down’s Syndrome have symptoms appear “10-20 years earlier” than people without it. Women are “more likely to develop Alzheimer’s because they live longer.”
Unfortunately there is no cure, or known ways to prevent this disease. If you know someone with this disease, please comment below to tell us about it.