Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday #MentalHealth #MythBuster: Alzheimer's is an Old-Age Disease Everyone Gets

#Alzheimer's is a brain disease that affects memory and thinking

#Alzheimer's is not a normal part of the aging process though it's the biggest risk factor of the disease

#Although it's not as common, Alzheimer's can occur in people in their 40s & 50s

#Alzheimer's is a progressive brain disease and there is no cure currently

#There are healthy-living recommendations to slow the progression of Alzheimer's

#Loss of short term memory is affected in people with Alzheimer's

#People with Alzheimer's will often forget names and places once familiar to them

#Language is affected in people with Alzheimer's

#Insight and judgment become impaired over time

#Losing important things such as house/car keys and having difficulty relocating them is typical

#Execution of daily living activities will become impaired as the disease progresses

#Sometimes people with Alzheimer's can exhibit changes in behavior including becoming aggressive with familiar people

#24/7 #Helpline: 800-272-3900

Asha, Licensed Mental Health Professional



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