What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, resulting in the decline of brain function, thus affecting a range of mental abilities. The exact cause of this Alzheimer’s disease isn’t yet known, although there are a few factors which can contribute to the developing of it.
- A family history of the disease
- Depression that has been left untreated
- Conditions commonly associated with cardiovascular disease
Is Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease the Same?
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia, however, they’re not one and the same. Here are the differences between the two:
Dementia – unlike Alzehimer’s disease, dementia is a syndrome. A syndrome is a collection of symptoms that cannot be given a definitive diagnosis, but they will still affect the mental cognitive tasks of a dementia sufferer. Dementia is an umbrella term, with Alzheimer’s disease coming under it.
Alzheimer’s disease – this is a progressive disease of the brain, slowly impairing memory and general cognitive function over a considerable amount of time. A cause is not yet known and currently, there is no cure.
What are the Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease?
Typically, symptoms will progress over several years and will often be put down to old age, leading to misdiagnosis in older people. Depending on the individual, symptoms will develop and progress at different rates. Alzheimer’s disease comes on in stages, including:
- Difficulty remembering conversations
- Memory loss
- Repetitively asking questions
- Poor judgement
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Hesitant to try new things or meet new people
- Increased confusion
- Increasingly obsessive, repetitive or impulsive behaviour
- Feelings of paranoia or being suspicious of family members or friends
- Problems with speech
- Difficulty sleeping
- Difficulty eating or swallowing
- Weight loss
- Loss of speech occurring over time
- Loss of long and short term memory
- Difficulty moving around unaided
If you or someone you know is or have displayed any of the aforementioned symptoms, a visit to your GP is highly advisable. Although there currently isn’t a cure, the symptoms can be controlled depending on the stage you’re at.
Alzheimer’s Care at Care WorldWide
Caring for someone with dementia is a full-time responsibility and patients often need customised care as the different types of dementia have different symptoms. A specialist dementia care home can remove the stress of caring from you, allowing you to spend quality time with your loved one whilst being in the knowledge that they are receiving quality dementia care services.
We have homes located across the United Kingdom, so you’ll be sure to find a home in your area and suitable for your needs. Get in touch with a member of our friendly team today and we’ll answer any queries you may have and help you decide which Care WorldWide dementia care home will be best for yourself or a loved one.