According to the Alzheimer’s Association, dementia “is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.” Dementia is an “umbrella term for an individual’s changes in memory, thinking or reasoning.” Disorders under this umbrella term are caused by abnormal changes in the brain. Alzheimer’s is one of many possible causes of dementia.
Advancing age is the greatest risk for Alzheimer’s. After the age of 65, susceptibility to the disease notably surges. In fact, it’s worth noting that approximately one-third of those who reach the age of 85 or older end up being affected by Alzheimer’s.
This condition not only impacts the individual diagnosed but also has a profound effect on their families and caregivers. The progression of Alzheimer’s is marked by a gradual decline in cognitive abilities, including memory loss, and difficulty with problem-solving, and can include changes in behavior.
Despite the challenging nature of Alzheimer’s, there is hope and support available for those affected by it. Local organizations offer invaluable resources, such as support groups where families can share their experiences and learn from one another.
If you or a family member are dealing with Alzheimer’s or any form of dementia, don’t hesitate to seek help. You’re not alone.
There is help and support:
Alzheimer’s Association – www.alz.org
Family Caregiver Alliance – www.caregiver.org