Fight Alzheimers

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s Disease is a form of dementia which interfere with intellectual abilities. Signs and symptoms are memory loss that disrupts daily life, challenges in planning or solving problems , difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work, or leisure, confusion with time or place, trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships, new problems with words in speaking or writing, misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps, decrease or poor judgement, withdrawl from work or social activities, and changes in mood. Treatments are cholinesterase inhibitors and meantime. Prevention is physical exercise, diet, social connections and intellectual activities. The 7 stages are 1) No impairment -no signs of the disease, 2) very mild decline – forgets familiar words or locating of everyday objects, 3) Mild decline – trouble remembering names, difficulty performing tasks, 4) Moderate cognitive decline-forgetfulness of recent events, impaired ability to perform challenging mental arithmetics, 5) Moderate serve decline- unable to recall their own address or telephone number, become confused, trouble with less challenging mental arithmetic, 6) Serve decline – loss of awareness, have difficulty with personal history, need help dressing, change in sleep patterns, tend to wander or become loss, 7) Very serve decline- loss ability to respond to the environment, to carry on a conversation, and loss control of movement. Alzheimer Disease doesn’t discriminate against anyone.

Chantel Ward