Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia

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Dementia is a gradual decline in brain function beyond what is normally expected from aging. The most common form of dementia in the elderly is Alzheimer’s disease. Initially Alzheimer’s disease effects thought control, memory, behavior, and language. Over time, the disease causes loss of mobility and speech, as well as other life-altering changes.

It is estimated that 4.5 million Americans over the age of 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s disease and by the age of 85, nearly half of the elderly may have the disease.

Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  • More than normal memory loss
  • Language and communication problems
  • Disorientation in normally familiar areas
  • Misplacing things in unusual places (for example, putting clothes in a dishwasher)
  • Changes in behavior and/or personality
  • Mood swings for no apparent reason
  • Difficulty carrying out complex tasks
  • Difficulty with reasoning, thinking, and learning

Simple changes in memory and behavior are normal as an individual gets older. Only a health care professional can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. If you or a loved one is experiencing Alzheimer’s warning signs or if you have any speak with your physician as soon as possible.