As we get older sometimes we wonder, "What is my forgetfulness a sign of?" There is a difference between normal aging and Alzheimer's or Dementia. Let's look at the symptoms of both. The Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org) describes each as follows:
Symptoms of Alzheimer's
Trouble remembering new information
Difficulty completing familiar tasks
Eventually swallowing, speaking, and walking becomes difficult
Symptoms of Dementia
Problems with short term memory
Keeping track of a purse or wallet
Keeping track of appointments
There are treatments available you should discuss with your physician. Drugs commonly used to treat Alzheimer's are cholinesterase inhibitors and glutamate regulators. Learn more about Alzheimer's treatment and research, here https://www.alz.org/help-support/i-have-alz/treatments-research. Although the drugs cannot reverse or repair symptoms they can help by delaying the progression of the disease.
Whether you are an Alzheimer's/Dementia patient or caregiver, you shouldn't carry this burden alone. There are many resources available to assist you with the next steps. Visit http://www.alz.org or www.alzcare.org for additional information on local support and assistance.
Although a diagnosis may be frightening, using these resources and tools to help you and your family become educated about the disease, plan for the future, and access support networks will help.
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