CogniFit's Science blog: Let's Speak About Alzheimer's

Let's Speak About Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease (AD) has become an important issue in our aging society and we feel there is a need to talk about it even more as the spread of the disease is only going to increase in the years to come. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the brains ability to fire and operate the way it was designed. It is a progressive disease that affects the actual cells in the brain and the way that they interact with each other. Memory loss is one of the first real signs of Alzheimer’s.

Just because you or a loved one is experiencing memory loss doesn’t mean it has to be Alzheimer’s. There are many other brain related issues that it could be other than Alzheimer’s. In fact, less serious brain issues like dementia have very similar symptoms which can be hard to differentiate, and this is why it is important to see a doctor at the very first signs of memory loss and mild cognitive impairment.

Alzheimer’s generally has four stages of development. The first is the pre-dementia stage which is fairly hard to distinguish and recognize if you don’t know what to look for. Once Alzheimer’s passes out of the pre-dementia stage, then it moves on to the mild, moderate, and finally the severe Alzheimer’s stage.

At stage 4, severe Alzheimer’s disease is as bad as it gets. A patient diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in its last stage of development cannot live or function on their own. Very simple tasks like brushing teeth, tying shoes, preparing meals and even using the bathroom become impossible tasks.

Now that you know a bit more about how this disease develops, here are a few things that you should look if you think you or a loved one might have early onsets of Alzheimer’s disease.

The very first thing that you will notice is a striking memory loss. Normal things that should be easy to remember will suddenly become hard to recall. Even things that are common place hobbies or activities will become difficult to do because the patient will forget how to do them.

Besides memory loss, basic procedural functions will become a problem as well. Someone experiencing the first signs of Alzheimer’s may not be able to plan out and go through a normal day. Things will have to be prepared by someone else and they may have to remind the Alzheimer’s patient constantly that they need to be somewhere or something needs to be done.

Alzheimer’s patients also become disoriented very easily as well. They might forget what day it is or even where they are located.

Alzheimer’s is a serious disease that affects the entire family of the person suffering from this disease. The only way anything can be done for those that suffer from Alzheimer’s is to diagnose the disease as early as possible and try to combat the spread of its symptoms for the longest time.