Have you ever had trouble remembering where you left your car keys? What about the name of that person you were just introduced to the other day?
Memory refers to the ability to store and recall information and is an essential part of everyday life. It is easy to take memory for granted. Many of us go throughout our day, remembering the important things and forgetting the rest. Well, that is not so easy for those with Alzheimer’s. If you have or know someone with Alzheimer’s, you will be quite familiar with the difficulties that the disease presents. If you aren’t familiar, here are ten facts about the disease.
- Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease. This means that the brain’s neurons are dying faster rate than average.
- Alzheimer’s disease is recognized as causing 60-70% of dementia cases. Dementia encompasses a host of brain diseases that cause difficulties in thinking that are severe enough to hinder daily life.
- An early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is having a problem remembering recent events.
- Later symptoms include language disorientation, habitually getting lost, mood swings, and lack of self-care.
- Individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease will often withdraw from everyone, including friends and family.
- Life expectancy after diagnoses is typically three to nine years.
- No one knows the exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease. Current research suggests that the roots of Alzheimer’s disease are mostly genetic; genes passed down from the parents. Other potential causes include head injury, depression, and hypertension. Some evidence suggests that physical exercise and maintaining a healthy weight could help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
- There is currently no treatment to stop or reverse Alzheimer’s disease.
- Alzheimer’s disease affects about 6% of people 65 and over. Almost half of adults 85 years or older have Alzheimer’s disease.
- Alzheimer’s disease was initially described by Alois Alzheimer, a German psychiatrist and pathologist, in 1906.
Alzheimer’s disease is a cruel reminder that we still have a lot to learn about the brain and brain health. We also need to be aware of potential preventative methods and early symptoms. If you know someone with, or someone taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s disease, reach out and offer your support. We are sure your interest and support will be much appreciated.
Do you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease and need assistance with obtaining health coverage for them or need help with helping them create a will? Contact Bell & Associates today for assistance.