How many people have Alzheimer’s?
Globally, it reported up to 36 million suffer from a form of dementia, while it is estimated 60-80 percent of cases are caused by Alzheimer’s Disease.
As we grow older, the prospects of a future suffering from dementia is understandably freighting. This fear could lead some to intentionally overlook early warning signs.
Is there a cure?
Tragically, there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. However, early diagnosis is important as it improves the opportunity for early access to health care and support, while also allowing the impacted person the opportunity to make legal, financial and care plans while those who are affected are still able to do so.
Going forward, researchers believe early detection will be key in slowing or stopping the progression of the disease as more is learned about the disease in the future.
What are the signs?
Courtesy of the staff at American Grand, here are 10 questions to consider when wondering if you, or a loved one, might have Alzheimer’s:
- Do you suffer from memory loss that disrupts your daily life?
- Does your loved one experience increased problems planning or solving problems?
- Are you having troubles completing familiar tasks?
- Does your family member or friend increasingly face challenges with comprehending time and places?
- Are you experiencing problems understanding visual images and spatial relations?
- Do you notice new issues with words in speaking or writing?
- Are you increasingly misplacing items and unable to retrace your previous steps?
- Have you noticed your loved one increasingly experiencing a decrease in their ability to use good judgment?
- Has your family member or friend showing a tendency to withdraw from work or social activities?
- Has your mood or personality changed?
There is no formula or criteria of how many of these warning signs a person needs to experience to determine if they have Alzheimer’s. However, if you are or a loved one are an experiencing multiple warning signs, you are encouraged to consult with a health care provider.
For more information about Alzheimer’s warning signs, as well as tips for post diagnoses, you are encouraged to visit The Alzheimer’s Association’s website.