Alzheimer's & Dementia
Dementia is a general term referring to a decline in various cognitive functions. Although decline in memory is dementia's best known characteristic, it can also include decline in one’s aptitude, attention, and judgment. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia and is a chronic disease of the brain. It diminishes patients' ability to remember things or to learn new things, affecting their intellectual capabilities and altering their personalities.
With more than 5 million Americans affected, Alzheimer’s disease is a leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.*
If you are a friend, family member, or caretaker concerned about someone you believe may have Alzheimer’s, or if you are seeking information about your own symptoms, you’ll want to look for a few of the warning signs. They include, but are not limited to, difficulty solving problems or completing familiar tasks, confusion, forgetfulness such as misplacing everyday items, changes in social activity, worsening judgment or decision-making skills, and mood and behavior changes.
If you find yourself saying several of these symptoms apply to you, then we encourage you to seek the advice of a medial professional, especially since some causes of dementia may be reversed if the condition is caught in time. Below you will find a more comprehensive description of Dementia – Alzheimer’s type, in addition to resources we hope will be helpful.
* Alzheimer’s Association:
Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD, Solutions Acupuncture, a private practice specializing in complementary and alternative medicine, Phoenix, AZ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Harvey Simon, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.
The above written by MyHope.