I Forgot They have Alzheimer’s…
Have you ever started a sentence and in the middle of it forgot what you were going to say? Have you ever walked into a room to perform a task but forget what that task was? Have you ever knew the answer to a question but couldn’t get the answer out?
Now imagine that feeling every minute of every day for the rest of your life. The frustration of knowing you know something but being unable to remember it. The feeling of uselessness as people start to do everything for you without asking.
What is it?
In order to understand what it feels like to have Alzheimer’s disease, one must truly understand what it is. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior.
Dementia is just terminology used for extreme memory loss that can have an effect on a person’s everyday activities. Both of these conditions can have made a mark many people in society today.
Every minute someone in the US is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the US. It has affected more of the country then people realize. Currently, 5.5 million US citizens have Alzheimer’s. 44 Million are living with a form of Dementia in the world.
Within the US 3.3 million out of the 5.5 million patients of Alzheimer’s are women. This condition also affects those youth too as 200,000 of these cases have been younger than 65. This is not including the many people who mistake Alzheimer’s foraging.
Aging or Dementia?
There are many symptoms of dementia. These include a change in personality, memory loss, newfound struggles in writing and speaking. However, as the symptoms are very similar to aging one should look for all extreme cases.
Someone with Dementia will most likely not be able to retrace their steps of the day. They develop more distrust for people and have high levels of anxiety. In many scenarios, at the further stages of Alzheimer’s patients become delusional and irritable.
This then begins to affect the way they are able to go about their normal daily activities. This can take a toll on both the patient and the family. If you believe that a loved one is suffering from any form of dementia talk to a doctor.
The more you inquire the easier it will be for a doctor to help. Never be afraid to ask because every day you wait can be another day of pain and confusion for them.