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What is Alzheimer’s?

August 17, 2017 in: What is Alzheimer's?,

Did you know there are over 5 million Americans are currently living with an active Alzheimer’s condition?

What is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a commonly prevailing form of dementia. For those of you who aren’t familiar, dementia is a common medical term used for health conditions that involve substantial memory loss and impairment in cognitive abilities of a person.

Alzheimer’s makes up for between 60 to 80% of the total dementia cases in the country. This disease is a progressive brain disorder, which gradually debilitates the patient’s memory and thinking capacity.

The condition is irreversible. It worsens with time to the extent where it becomes difficult for the patient to undertake the simplest of tasks that were once part of their routine. People with Alzheimer’s often find themselves having trouble in carrying out tasks such as paying bills, driving a car, or cooking their food.

These people become increasingly forgetful and lose track of time. It is also common for Alzheimer’s patients to misplace their belongings – as they lose the ability to recall where they kept them. These conditions build up over time and may lead to frustration, anger, and violent reactions in the patient.  

Alzheimer’s is not an age-specific disease and can affect anyone as young as the age of 30 to someone as old as 80 or above. Statistics show there are around 200,000 people in America below the age of 65 suffering from the Alzheimer’s disease. The disease, however, is more common in the senior population as their increasing age puts them at a greater risk of contracting the disease. 

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

While Alzheimer’s is not an age-related disease, it is reported that around 1 in every 3 senior American citizens die with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia. This disease is usually characterized by the following symptoms:

  • Unexplained changes in personality and moods
  • Significant withdrawal from social or work related activities
  • Loss of or impaired decision-making ability
  • Trouble in writing and or speaking (struggling with vocabulary and or continuing conversation)
  • Frequently misplacing things and inability to find them
  • Confusion over places or time – losing track of where they are and what day, date, or time it is.
  • Finding it difficult to complete normal everyday tasks at work or at home.
  • Difficulty in comprehending spatial relationships and visual imagery.

Alzheimer’s today stands as the sixth most common cause leading to death in the United States. People diagnosed with the disease after the age of 80 get as little as 3 to 4 years to live. On the flip side, people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at a younger age could live up to a decade or more – given the severity of their condition.

Even though Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease that doesn’t have a potent cure for it as yet; its symptoms can be controlled through regular treatment and proper care. At The Palazzo, we offer specialized memory care programs that are designed to provide patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia a regulated environment of comfort and creativity.

At The Palazzo, we make sure everyone gets the personalized love, care, and treatment that they need and deserve. Get in touch with us to learn more.

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