Alzheimer’s awareness

Alzheimer’s disease is where someone is losing their memory and cognitive ability serious enough to interfere with daily life. 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 special relationships, new problems with words in speaking or writing, misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps, decrease or poor judgement, withdraw from work or social activities, changes in mood and personality.

There are three stages. Mild or early stage: Person can do everyday activities but may experience memory lapse. Moderate or middle stage: Person is confusing words, getting frustrated or angry, acting in unexpected ways. In the late stage, lost is the ability to respond to their environment, to carry on a conversation, and control movement and communication, pain becomes difficult to manage, and memory and cognitive skills worsen.

Risk factors are age, family history, genetics, head injury. Treatment is medication for memory and/or behavior. There is no cure.

Chantel Ward

Williamsport

Submitted by Virtual Newsroom

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