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An In-Depth Look at Alzheimer's Disease

Last updated 2 years ago

Some people expect their physical wellbeing to decline with age. However, many individuals experience fear and anxiety at the thought of losing their mental health. Alzheimer’s disease, a condition that progressively deteriorates cognitive function, is a leading cause of death in the United States. Northside Hospital encourages our St. Petersburg patients to learn more about this neurological issue so that they can be better prepared to prevent or manage it.

Symptoms

Alzheimer’s disease may first present with minor memory lapses. Sufferers may forget words or appointments. This condition can affect other aspects of brain health as well. Alzheimer’s can make it difficult to make sound decisions. It may also cause individuals to lose track of months or years. Some people may experience challenges performing once simple activities such as combing their hair or taking a shower. As the disease progresses, it can also impact basic physical functions, including ingestion and elimination control.

Causes

Neurological experts know that Alzheimer’s disease tends to affect older individuals. Yet they still are looking into the exact reasons why this condition develops. As with physical health, though, many healthcare providers believe that poor lifestyle behaviors can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. As a result, physicians may recommend wholesome eating habits, high levels of physical activity, and frequent social interactions as ways to ward off this condition.

Treatment Options

No cure currently exists for Alzheimer’s disease. Those diagnosed with this condition still have treatment options, though. The continuation of healthy lifestyle habits is important to the management of Alzheimer’s symptoms. Many medications exist that can also manage developing complications. To benefit from these prescriptions, individuals experiencing the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease may want to consult with a doctor to see if this condition is to blame for their memory, perception, or judgment issues.

Do you have more questions about Alzheimer’s disease or its prevention? Then call Northside Hospital at (888) 598-9586. We can address your concerns and help you determine whether your symptoms may warrant a consultation at our St. Petersburg hospital. 

 

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