Thursday, April 10, 2008

What is Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease is a form of dementia.Although all Alzheimer's Disease patients have dementia, not all dementia patients have Alzheimer's Disease.It is a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, eventually even the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.

Alzheimer's patients often display one or more of these symptoms:

Forgetfulness and memory problems - Difficulty recalling previous information and learning new ones.Not recalling they already did a chore.Losing or misplacing things more than they used to. Forgetting to bathe

Language disturbance - Difficulty finding the right words, inability to put together a coherent sentence.

Difficulty recognizing everyday objects - Looking at a cup or mirror and can't recall what it is.
Difficulty in staying oriented to time, place and location - Getting lost especially in new locations, confusing the days or months or even years.Walking or roaming about at night and forgetting where they live.

Inability to plan, organize, or solve everyday problems - Clean up by putting things in the refrigerator or garbage that's not meant to go there.

Mood problems and personality disturbances - a gentle person may become hostile or suspicious

Apathy - Loses interest in activities they once liked.

Anxious - suddenly can't make sense of anything

As the disease advances patients will begin to exhibit other things like slowness of movement , tremors, agitation,seizures difficulty walking and speaking.

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