With June being Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, it’s an ideal time to learn more about Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
What is Alzheimer’s?
Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder that affects people of all ages, but is most commonly diagnosed in people over the age of 65.
While Alzheimer’s disease is the most well-known form of dementia, there are others – including Lewy body dementia and Vascular dementia. All forms involve a decline in cognitive function, and symptoms can vary depending on the type.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease
Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, early diagnosis and treatment can help improve quality of life for patients and caregivers.
Early diagnosis is critical for maximizing the effectiveness of any treatments, so it is important to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. This will be helpful not only to the individual, but to the caregivers of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, as they often need support from family, friends, and a medical care team.
The beginning symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty with planning and problem solving
- Changes in mood and personality
There are a number of tests that can be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s, including cognitive assessments, brain scans, and genetic tests. There are also a variety of treatment options available, including medication, therapies, and support groups.
At Hoag Executive Health, Brain and Nerves Testing is a part of our comprehensive physical examinations. This includes:
- Memory Testing
- Reflex & Sensations
- Hearing Screen
- Vision Testing
- Strength & Balance
Outlook for Alzheimer’s
It is important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to treatment for any form of dementia, but various medications and therapies can help to improve symptoms and quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s.
Hoag Executive Health is here for our patients, and is dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible.
By understanding the symptoms, risk factors, and available treatments, we can all play a role in improving the quality of life for those living with this disease. If you’re interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s and the support and resources that are available, call Hoag Executive Health at 949-999-9300.