Alzheimer’s, Dementia and You…

Alzheimer and dementia are related but different. According to Alzheimers.net, “the National Institute on Aging (NIA) states, dementia is a brain disorder that affects communication and performance of daily activities and Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that specifically affects parts of the brain that control thought, memory and language.”


Alzheimer.net shares the following facts on Alzheimer:


· It is the most common form of dementia

· Is not a normal part of aging

· Worsens over time

· Has no current cure

· Treatment can slow symptoms

· Research continues to prevent onset and find a cure


The most common early symptom of Alzheimer’s… difficulty remembering is normally overlooked because people think it is normal to become forgetful as we age. Yet, serious memory loss and confusion can be a sign of more than normal aging.


Advancement of Alzheimer’s mean symptoms start to become more severe. These symptoms are:


· Disorientation

· Mood and behavior changes

· Difficulty speaking

· Difficulty swallowing

· Difficulty walking

· Increased Paranoia


Often family and friends will notice the changes before the individual. Even when the individual begins to notice the changes in their own behavior they may deny them at first. There is a delicate balance when it comes to someone losing their freedom from Alzheimer’s progression. However, it is crucial the individual is protected and not put in a situation where they or others could be in harm’s way.


On the other hand, the Alzheimer’s Association shares, “Alzheimer’s is not the only cause of memory loss. Many people have trouble with memory…this does not mean they have Alzheimer’s. There are many different causes of memory loss. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of dementia, it is best to visit a doctor so the cause can be determined.”


REFERENCES:

Reference: Difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia . Accessed at:

https://www.alzheimers.net/difference-between-alzheimers-and-dementia/.

Accessed on: November 1, 2017.


Reference: Facts About Type 2. Accessed at:

https://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp#basics.

Accessed on: November 1, 2017.

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