Understanding Alzheimer’s: 5 Facts

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Though Alzheimer’s disease was named in 1910, it wasn’t until 1980 that the Alzheimer’s Association was founded to spread awareness. In recent decades, researchers and doctors have learned a great deal more about Alzheimer’s and how this disease is different from other kinds of forgetfulness or confusion that can also occur as part of the normal aging process.

If you are concerned about memory loss – or are caring for a loved one who suffers from or is at risk of developing Alzheimer’s – it helps to understand the facts. Knowing more about the disease can help you talk about the situation, seek out treatments and choose the right care option.

Though this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are five facts about Alzheimer’s that you may find helpful:

  1. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia.
  2. Doctors have defined the disease in three stages: mild, medium and severe.
  3. Though there is no cure at this time, there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms.
  4. There are care providers and skilled nursing facilities that deliver specialized care for those diagnosed with dementia.
  5. The Alzheimer’s Association lists 10 warning signs. One of these signs is trouble with vision, which includes problems with judging visual distance and/or recognizing color contrast.

You can learn more about Alzheimer’s and caring for someone with the disease here on careconversations.org.

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