What is Alzheimer’s Disease & What Are the Symptoms?
The statistics surrounding Alzheimer’s Disease are staggering—and they show no evidence of improving.
More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. By 2050, that number is expected to more than triple. Every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops the disease, and it kills more people than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Alzheimer’s has become the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Worldwide, nearly 47 million people are living with this progressive disease.
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month. Do you know the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s? According to the Alzheimer Association ( www.alz.org), ten early signs of Alzheimer’s include:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
- Confusion with time or place.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
- Decreased or poor judgment.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities.
- Changes in mood and personality.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these warning signs, call your doctor. Avoiding smoking, eating a balanced diet of vegetables, fruits and lean protein, and an active lifestyle of daily physical and social activity can be among the most effective ways to prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s or dementia.