Most of us have experienced a memory lapse, brain fog, and similar problems. They are particularly prevalent if we do not sleep our night hours or focus on the activity at hand. But what if you start experiencing severe memory problems and have a hard time every time you’re looking for your car keys. What if you forget people’s names and important facts?
Alzheimer’s disease is widely known as a cause of memory loss in older adults. But what is it about?
In this article, you will find out all the information you need as a patient to understand this disease. It will also be useful to detect or suspect the disease in yourself and other family members.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia. Similar to other types of dementia, it features progressive memory loss and decay of other higher cognitive functions. In the late stage of the disease, the patient might not remember important aspects of his life. But apart from that, he may experience dramatic personality changes and progressive dependence over caretakers to complete day-to-day tasks.
It is a degenerative disease affecting older adults, and it has a genetic predisposition. Thus, it is not rare to find more than one case of Alzheimer’s disease in families. Still, having a relative with Alzheimer’s does not predict that you will suffer the same illness.
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