YOU can’t find your keys, or remember where you placed your glasses. You know a face, but can’t remember the name - does one or all of those examples apply to you? Does this mean you are a candidate for Alzheimers? Not necessarily – but here are some facts.
Q: WHAT IS DEMENTIA?
A: Dementia is a term used to describe the symptoms of a large group of illnesses, which causes a progressive decline in a person’s functioning. The best known of the dementias is Alzheimers.
Q: WHO GETS DEMENTIA (Alzheimers)?
A: Anyone can get Alzheimers, but it is more common after the age of 65 .For people 85 years and over - 1 in 4 have the disease.
Q: IS AlZHEIMERS MORE COMMON IN MEN OR WOMEN:
A: Research has shown that Alzheimers is more common in women than men.
Q : WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS OF ALZHEIMERS?
A: There are ten warning signs of Alzheimers
1. Memory changes that disrupt daily life
2 .Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or at leisure
4. Confusion with time or place.
5. Trouble understanding visual and spatial relationships
6. New Problems with words in speaking or writing.
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
8. Decreased or poor judgement.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
10.Changes in mood and personality.
Q: HOW CAN WE REDUCE THE RISK OF ALZHEIMERS?
A: The best way to reduce the risk is to adapt various aspects of your lifestyle to include eating certain foods, taking regular exercise, not smoking and maintaining normal blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Q: IS THERE A CURE FOR ALZHEIMERS?
A: There is no cure, but there is medication that helps slow the process of the disease.
(Tips, compliments of the Barbados Alzheimers Association: 429-8077)