Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disorder that starts slowly, and progressively destroys a person’s ability to think, remember, and carry out simple tasks. It affects millions of people, and is the most common cause of dementia. Symptoms most commonly appear in a person’s mid-60s, but a rare early-onset type can begin as early as a person’s 30s.
It is common to have occasional memory lapses, and it’s normal to lose track of where you may have sat your keys or even the name of someone you just met. However, memory loss that is associated with Alzheimer’s disease is persistent and worsens with time; affecting the patient’s ability to function on daily basis.
Alzheimer’s disease has been known to cause difficulty in concentrating and thinking, especially when it comes to abstract concepts and number. The concept of thinking and reasoning is worsened through the onset of the disease. Those that are effected will typically not be able to manage everyday household responsibilities such as managing finance, paying bills and balancing checkbooks.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:
- Gradual loss of memory
- Difficulties solving simple problems
- Confusion completing familiar tasks
- Inability to keep track of time or location
- Problems speaking or writing
- Changes in mood and personality
Studies of Alzheimer’s disease first began in the early 1900s. Today we understand far more about the changes happening in the brain, but a cure remains elusive. At Elite Neuroscience Center, Dr. Deborah Cantrell works to provide advanced options that treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. For every patient, a personal, tailored approach is developed that covers a prescription regimen plus healthy lifestyle changes with both the patient and their family in mind. Dr. Cantrell will be there with you every step of the way, catering your treatment to you specifically.