Most of us have heard of Alzheimer’s before. Yet myths surrounding this disease still abound. Do you think you would be able to detect the signs of Alzheimer’s in yourself or a loved one?
While there is currently no treatment, early detection allows those affected to get the care, support and medications they need to better manage the disease; early detection also gives them more time to make the various legal, financial and medical decisions that are required.
Since family members (spouses or children) are usually the first ones to notice changes in a loved one’s behaviour, it is important for all of us to be informed about Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s is an incurable, degenerative disease of the brain. It causes a gradual and irreversible loss of mental capacity, especially memory. It is the most common form of neurocognitive impairment in seniors.
The main symptoms of Alzheimer’s include memory loss, difficulty performing everyday tasks, mood swings and changes in behaviour. The order in which these symptoms appear varies from one person to another.
It is important to note, however, that these symptoms are not part of the normal aging process. If one or more of these symptoms develops, it is important to see a doctor as they could be caused by another illness or condition (e.g. depression, drug interaction or an infection).
Following is the list of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease developed by the Alzheimer Society of Canada:
Your pharmacist can give you information on the drugs used to ease some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Feel free to ask for advice!
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