Definition:

The most common cause of dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive disease that destroys memory and many other important mental functions. While the symptoms may not seem like much at first the mild confusion and difficulty remembering can lead to forgetting important people in their lives and having a completely different personality.

 

Symptoms:

  • Memory: at first, increasing forgetfulness or mild confusion

  • Thinking and reasoning: difficulty concentrating and thinking, especially about abstract concepts like numbers; difficulty multitasking

  • Making judgements and decisions become more and more difficult

  • Planning and performing familiar tasks that once were second nature become difficult

  • Changes in personality and behavior: depression, apathy, social withdrawal, mood swings, distrust in others, irritability and aggressiveness, changes in sleeping habits, wandering, loss in inhibitions, delusions

 

How to treat before seeking medical advice:

If you notice any of these symptoms see a doctor.