June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, so let’s talk about one of the most common brain disorders, Alzheimer’s Disease itself. Over 3 million cases of Alzheimer’s Disease get reported in America every year. In 2017, Alzheimer’s Association estimated that 5.5 million people in the US have Alzheimer’s dementia which has risen up from 5.4 million in 2016. The report mentions that new cases of Alzheimer’s and other dementias are projected to double by the year 2050. As of 2017, someone developed Alzheimer’s dementia every 66 seconds, however, by 2050 someone will develop this disease in every 33 seconds. It’s crucial to be aware of brain disorders in case we see them in the people around us as the risk of developing these is on the rise.
Alzheimer’s results in memory loss and cannot be cured. It is chronic and lifelong. While it can affect anyone between the ages of 19-60, it is highly common in ages 60 plus. Alzheimer’s affects a person’s behavior and cognition on an emotional and psychological level. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s revolve around memory loss and confusion. Alzheimer’s causes a difficulty in thinking and understanding, delusion, forgetfulness, mental confusion, inability to create new memories and inability to recognize common things. From the behavioral aspect, it results in aggression, irritability, restlessness, wandering, getting lost, repetition of words, depression, mood swings, hallucination, loneliness, and discontent. It might also include a loss of appetite.
Early detection is important! Go purple with us and learn the warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and how to detect them in yourself and your loved ones. Top signs include:
- Forgetting recently learned information.
- Forgetting important dates, events, and needing to have information be repeated.
- Having difficulty solving problems and following a plan; hard to work with numbers
- Hard to complete daily tasks.
- Can lose track of dates, seasons, and passage of time.
- Vision problems.
- Trouble following or joining a conversation.
- Trouble finding the right words and struggling with vocabulary.
- Decreased judgement in dealing with money and hygiene.
- Avoiding social interactions and withdrawing from social activities and favorite hobbies.
- Changes in mood – can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious.
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