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Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is a chronic brain disorder that affects a person’s cognitive function. It is the most common form of dementia, which is a broad term for memory loss and cognitive disabilities.

The earliest symptom is difficulty remembering new information. Additionally, other symptoms include:

  • Memory loss, unable to remember certain events
  • Trouble concentrating, planning or problem-solving
  • Difficulty finishing daily tasks
  • Confusion with location or passage of time
  • Lack of spatial awareness
  • Language problems, in speech or writing
  • Poor judgment
  • Withdrawal from work events or social engagements
  • Changes in mood, such as depression or other behavior and personality changes

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, but there are ways to lessen the symptoms. Certain drug and non-drug treatments can help with the behavioral and cognitive functions.

Medications for Memory

Certain drugs such as Namenda and Aricept are often prescribed to help with memory.

Non-drug Treatments (for caretakers)

  • Understand that the person is not “acting out,” but is having symptoms of the disease
  • Identify the cause and effects of the symptoms, and how that may relate to the experience of the person living with Alzheimer’s
  • Change the environment, increase comfort and diminish obstacles to promote ease of mind