Alzheimers disease

The term Alzheimer's disease refers to a condition discovered by a doctor called Alois Alzheimer. In 1907 he wrote in medical journals about a woman of 51 who had died of dementia, whose brain he had examined under the microscope.

Memory loss in Alzheimers disease

Memory loss occurs in all cases of Alzheimers, but in the early stages it can be difficult to detect as people manage to cover it up successfully. The most recent memories are the first to go, and it's only much later as the Alzheimers condition has become much more severe that the long term memory is affected.

Disorientation and Alzheimers Disease

Disorientation (or not knowing who or where you are or what day month etc it is), is very common in Alzheimers disease.  It's also noted as one of the defining early symptoms, and as it is very closely connected with a person's memory or the ability to remember, it's what you might expect.

Disorientation and Alzheimers disease in the home

Disorientation inside the home can eventually become a problem though not until much later in the disease.

Alzheimers Disease and Personality

One of the most distressing aspects of Alzheimers disease is the complete change of personality many people suffer. This is especially distressing for their relatives and friends. The personality and general behaviour of Alzheimer sufferers in the later stages often seems to be in complete contrast to the usual behaviour they have always exhibited in their previous life.

Alzheimers disease and Communication

Speech is frequently affected in Alzheimers disease. An understanding of simple speech remains intact during the early stages, but difficulties in finding and expressing the correct words can appear very early on in the disease.



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