What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia that attacks nerves, brain cells and neurotransmitters causing a gradual decline in cognitive abilities, often beginning with memory loss.
Could I develop Alzheimer’s disease?
Anyone can develop Alzheimer’s disease, however the risks may be increased by:
- Increasing age
- Family history
- Previous severe head injuries
- Lifestyle factors and conditions associated with vascular disease
Signs to look out for:
- Memory loss
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty finding the right words
- Difficulty understanding people
- Personality and mood changes
- Difficulty performing everyday tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Decreased or poor judgment
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, but there are a few treatment options that may assist with cognitive and behavioural symptoms.
If you are concerned that you or a family member may have Alzheimer’s disease, please contact us.