June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month.
Alzheimer’s disease is an ever growing field of research where there are still many hidden mysteries. It is an irreversible and progressive disorder that affects 5.2 million people in the United States. Interestingly, two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients are women. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the states and afflicts up to 50% of those 85 years old. Unfortunately, there is no cure but modern treatments help to temporarily slow brain deterioration.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty thinking and concentrating
- Trouble making judgments and decisions
- Mood and behavior changes
- Difficulty with speaking, swallowing, and walking
While some loss of memory and certain cognitive functions is a normal part of aging, sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease experience these at a greater amount.