Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the CDC Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition. It is one of the most common type of dementia. The disease beginning with mild memory loss, inability to carry out activities, decrease capacity to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment.

  • The symptoms of the disease can first appear after age 60 and the risk increases with age.
  • The symptoms of the disease can first appear after age 60 and the risk increases with age.

According to the National Institute on Aging, someone with Alzheimer’s disease may experience one or more of the following signs:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life, such as getting lost in a familiar place or repeating questions.
  • Trouble handling money and paying bills.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
  • Decreased or poor judgment.
  • Misplaces things and being unable to retrace steps to find them.
  • Changes in mood, personality, or behavioural. (depression, apathy, withdrawal from usual activities)
  • Loss of spatial abilities (difficulty judging shapes and sizes and the relationship of objects in space)
  • Confusion with time and place (getting lost in familiar places)

A psychiatrist or other physician may order tests to rule out other possible medical conditions that can mimic Alzheimer’s symptoms, such as:

  • Depression
  • Thyroid conditions
  • Chemical imbalances or vitamin deficiencies caused by poor nutrition or illnesses
  • Urinary track or other infections
  • Reactions to medications or drug interactions

Treatment

Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible, currently no known cure, there are medications and supportive treatments that can help with memory and behaviour concerns.

  • Helping people maintain mental function.
  • Managing behavioural symptoms.
  • Slowing or delaying the symptoms of the disease.