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Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's is a form of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. With late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, By improving your ability to carry out everyday activities and adhere to the treatment regimen recommended by your doctor, you can enhance your quality of life for as long as possible.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, you may be experiencing problems with memory, thinking, and concentration. At first, the symptoms of brain disorders are minute. Changes usually become more noticeable and stressful. You may have trouble remembering how to do routine actions that used to come easy to you, like handling your finances, cooking, or cleaning. You might find it hard to make simple decisions or with simple communication. You may become confused; have feelings of anger, feel depressed, perplexed, or simply frustrated by your state. Whatever your specific symptoms are, managing the disorder is vital to reducing the risk of complications, like depression, illness, falls, and other life threatening injuries.

Unfortunately there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s. There are many ways a skilled caregiver can help slow down the conditions speed, and help manage the many obstacles associated with treatment. A comprehensive plan can include:

  • Taking the proper medication to slow down the disorders progression, that can help with behavior and mood, nervousness, and sleep problems
  • Focus on ways to reduce stress levels, as elevated stress levels can worsen many symptoms.
  • Maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise.
  • Make use of social as well as other forms of support to improve your ability to manage.

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