THE DISEASE

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, and affects almost 6 million Americans and approximately 44 million people worldwide. Of those, almost two thirds are women. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes a physical atrophy of the brain. Alzheimer’s begins to attack the brain for up to 20 years before the first symptoms manifest themselves.

The first symptoms are often signs of memory loss or confusion. Those impacted may neglect daily actions, such as bathing or eating. Someone struggling with Alzheimer’s may exhibit moodiness or anger – a sign of frustration at an intrusion they don’t understand and can’t control. Greater cognitive skills are gradually lost before physical deterioration begins.

While there is no definitive test to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease, those at risk or exhibiting symptoms can benefit from early intervention. A physician or specialist may perform a CT scan or other diagnostic test to determine the overall health of the brain. Clues may come from a thorough examination of a person’s medical history. Specialized tests can evaluate some of the critical thinking skills often lost to Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, and affects almost 6 million Americans and approximately 44 million people worldwide. Of those, almost two thirds are women. It is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that causes a physical atrophy of the brain. Alzheimer’s begins to attack the brain for up to 20 years before the first symptoms manifest themselves.

The first symptoms are often signs of memory loss or confusion. Those impacted may neglect daily actions, such as bathing or eating. Someone struggling with Alzheimer’s may exhibit moodiness or anger – a sign of frustration at an intrusion they don’t understand and can’t control. Greater cognitive skills are gradually lost before physical deterioration begins.

While there is no definitive test to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease, those at risk or exhibiting symptoms can benefit from early intervention. A physician or specialist may perform a CT scan or other diagnostic test to determine the overall health of the brain. Clues may come from a thorough examination of a person’s medical history. Specialized tests can evaluate some of the critical thinking skills often lost to Alzheimer’s.