World Alzheimer's Month

Dementia is an umbrella term for a range of conditions that involve loss of cognitive functioning. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. A buildup of plaque and tangles in the brain causes memory loss and cognitive decline. There is currently no cure but there are a variety of treatments that can help slow or ease the emotional and cognitive symptoms.

What are the Symptoms?

Alzheimer’s is a progressive condition, meaning that symptoms get worse over time. The symptoms appear gradually, over months or even years. Memory loss tends to be the first symptom to develop. Other symptoms include:

  • cognitive deficits 
  • problems with recognition, 
  • problems with spatial awareness,
  •  problems reading writing and speaking,
  •  and personality/behavioral changes

Can Alzheimer’s and Dementia be Prevented or Slowed?

Although there is no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there’s plenty of treatments to relieve the symptoms. This disease can affect a loved one and their family, it’s important to help improve quality of life for all involved. Another way to improve quality of life is to effectively manage any conditions that may occur alongside this disease. There’s also support groups and services available for people with Alzheimer’s. There aren’t any disease-modifying drugs for Alzheimer’s disease but there are some that may reduce the symptoms. Drugs called cholinesterase inhibitors can ease cognitive symptoms. Drugs such as these improve neural communication across the brain and slow progression of these symptoms. By identifying your personal risk factors and making simple lifestyle changes you can maximize your chances of lifelong brain health. Some fun and healthy changes could be regular exercise, healthy diet, social engagement, mental stimulation, and quality sleep.

September is World Alzheimer’s Month;  each year people unite from all corners of the world to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that persists around this disease and all types of dementia. There are many different ways to get involved, like sharing a message on social media or attending events held by the Alzheimer’s Association. For more information on Alzheimer’s/Dementia click this link. If you’d like to learn more on how to care for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s or Dementia read our Blog.