Anyone with a loved one suffering from Alzheimer's disease knows that it can interfere with a number of important daily activities. Understand Alzheimer's disease may help you to cope with the memory loss and behavioral changes that are common with patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
What is Alzheimer's disease?
Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia, a group of related symptoms related to general memory loss and increasing cognitive impairment. While not all dementia is Alzheimer's disease, the disease is the most common form of dementia (60-80% of all dementia). The disease is named for Dr. Alois Alzheimer, who first characterized in 1906 the visible changes to nerve cells in the brain of patients with severe dementia.
Today, there are more than 5 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer's disease, with greater than 95% being over 65 years of age. Almost two-thirds of Alzheimer's patients are women. There is no current cure for Alzheimer's disease, but more is learned each year about the cause and progression of this disease.
Understanding Alzheimer's disease can help you to provide the best care for your loved one. Much of the recommended daily interaction of caregivers with an Alzheimer's patient involves modifying conversations and understanding sources of confusion and frustration for the patient. You may find the following pages helpful in understanding Alzheimer's disease.
The Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's disease
While memory loss may have a number of causes, the following ten warning signs describe many Alzheimer's patients: Read More >>
The Four A's of Alzheimer's disease
The following Four A's of Alzheimer's disease describe the medical terms for these primary symptoms: Read More >>
30 Activities that can be Done in 30 Seconds or Less
Engaging an Alzheimer's patient in simple conversation and activities can be fulfilling both to the patient and to the care giver, and is thought to help fend off feelings of isolation and depression that can be associated with the disease. Try these simple activities: Read More >>