Sep 16 2017

Aging & Alzheimer’s awareness – Week 1 of 4

What is Dementia and Alzheimer’s?

Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Memory loss is an example. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia. Click to ‘read the rest of the entry’ to get some summary information about causes, risks and prevention techniques.

To donate and/or join our team for the Winston-Salem ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’ on Saturday October 14th, 2017, click WSWGAA – WalkToEndAlz Thank You!

Dementia

is not a specific disease. It’s an overall term that describes a wide range of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person’s ability to perform everyday activities. 

  • While symptoms of dementia can vary greatly, at least two of the following core mental functions must be significantly impaired to be considered dementia:
    • Memory
    • Communication and language
    • Ability to focus and pay attention
    • Reasoning and judgment
    • Visual perception
  • Dementia is caused by damage to brain cells.
  • There is no one test to determine if someone has dementia.
  • Some risk factors for dementia, such as age and genetics, cannot be changed. But some of the most active areas of research in risk reduction and prevention include cardiovascular factors, physical fitness, and diet.

To read more about what is Dementia click here

 

Alzheimer’s

is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.

  • Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia
  • Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.
  • Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging.
  • Alzheimer’s worsens over time.
  • Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues.
  • Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of cases.

To read more about Alzheimer’s click here

 

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http://www.alz.org/

 

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