Recognized as the most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive degenerative brain disease that affects memory, mood, decision making and at times behavior. Being a progressive disease, Alzheimer’s disease will gradually continue to affect multiple areas of the brain so the symptoms, including new symptoms, will continue to develop and evolve.
It is estimated that Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60% of the cases of dementia. Some of the common risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease include family history, gender with it affecting women more often than men, head injuries and the greatest risk factor being increasing age. Some things that one can do to help reduce the risk of possibly developing Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia is physical activity, eating a healthy diet, keeping socially active, avoiding excess tobacco and alcohol and doing brain activities. At this time, there, unfortunately, is not a cure for Alzheimer’s disease but there is ongoing research in hopes of one day developing a cure.
If you have questions regarding Alzheimer’s disease, another type of dementia or would like more information on having an evaluation completed, please call 407-303-3408.