WHAT IS ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE?

Common symptoms of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting approximately 50% of suffers in western society. According to Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s disease is responsible for approximately 62% of dementia cases in the UK (1).

As a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative type of dementia which starts off mild and gets progressively worse. The disease is most prevalent in people over 65 years of age, and affects slightly more women than men (1,2).

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, memory loss is mild, but with the late stage individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and, as it progresses, it interferes with day-to-day life. Later stage symptoms can include confusion, irritability, aggression, mood swings, trouble with language, and long term memory loss (1,2,3).

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References

  1. Alzheimer’s Society (2013) About Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia www.alzheimers.org.uk
  2. NIHSeniorHealth: Alzheimer’s Disease (2012) – What is Alzheimer’s Disease? www.nihseniorhealth.gov/alzheimersdisease
  3. NHS Choice (2011) Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Alzheimers-disease