More than 5 million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the CDC (Center for Disease Control). It is estimated that this number will be three times as high, by 2050. One in every three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia.
Moreover, every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops the disease.
Alzheimer’s has a huge burden on families. It is estimated that in 2015 more than 15 million people were offering home care assistance for a family member, providing over 18.1 billion hours of unpaid care. Alzheimer's disease is known for placing a great burden on caregivers which include social, psychological, physical or economic aspects.
But how do we know if a family member is suffering from Alzheimer’s (or another type of dementia), instead of just normal age-related conditions? Here’s a list of the ten most common symptoms, which was put together by the Alzheimer’s Association. This list is for information only and not a substitute for a consultation with a qualified professional. If you notice a few of these symptoms in a loved one, it is important to look for professional help immediately:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
- Confusion with time or place.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
- Decreased or poor judgment: changes in judgment or decision-making.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities.
- Changes in mood and personality.
Again, if you identify one or a few of these symptoms, go see a doctor. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for the future.
To see more details about these symptoms, visit the Alzheimer’s Association website.
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