November is Alzheimer's Disease awareness month in Martin County!
Alzheimer’s facts for Martin County: Although many people have heard of Alzheimer’s disease, some aren’t sure exactly what it is. Here are some facts about this condition:
- Alzheimer’s is a chronic ongoing condition.
- Its symptoms come on gradually, and the effects on the brain are degenerative (they cause slow decline).
- There’s no cure for Alzheimer’s, but treatment can help slow the progression of the disease and may improve quality of life.
- Anyone can get Alzheimer’s disease, but certain people are at higher risk for it. This includes people over age 65 and those with a family history of the condition.
- Alzheimer’s and dementia are not the same thing. Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia.
- There’s no single expected outcome for people with Alzheimer’s. Some people live a long time with mild cognitive damage, while others experience a more rapid onset of symptoms and quicker disease progression.
Each person’s journey with Alzheimer’s disease is different. Find out more details about how Alzheimer’s can affect people.
What's the difference between Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s?
The terms “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s” are sometimes used interchangeably. However, these two conditions are not the same. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia.
Dementia is a broader term for conditions with symptoms relating to memory loss such as forgetfulness and confusion. Dementia includes more specific conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and others.
Causes, symptoms, and treatments can be different for these diseases. Learn more about how dementia and Alzheimer’s disease differ.
Alzheimer’s disease causes and risk factors
Experts haven’t determined a single cause of Alzheimer’s disease, but they have identified certain risk factors, including:
- Most people who develop Alzheimer’s disease are 65 years of age or older.
- Family history. If you have an immediate family member who has developed the condition, you’re more likely to get it too.
- Genetics. Certain genes have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.
Having one or more of these risk factors doesn’t mean that you’ll develop Alzheimer’s disease. It simply raises your risk level.
To learn more about your personal risk of developing the condition, talk with your doctor. Learn about amyloid plaques, neurofibrillary tangles, and other factors that may cause Alzheimer’s disease.
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