– Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal disease that eventually affects all aspects of a person’s life: how they think, feel, and act
– Each person is affected differently
– It is difficult to predict symptoms, the order in which they will appear, or the speed of their progression
1. Cognitive and functional abilities:
– a person’s ability to understand, think, remember and communicate will be affected
– This could impact a person’s ability to make decisions, perform simple tasks, or follow a conversation
– People can lose their way, or experience confusion and memory loss, initially for recent events and eventually long-term events
2. Emotions and moods:
– a person may appear apathetic and lose interest in favourite hobbies
– Some people become less expressive and withdrawn
3. Behaviour:
– a person may have reactions that seem out of character
– Some common reactions include repeating the same action or words, hiding possessions, physical outbursts and restlessness
4. Physical Abilities:
– the disease can affect a person’s coordination and mobility, to the point of affecting their ability to perform day-to-day tasks such as eating, bathing and getting dressed


– The term dementia refers to a set of symptoms, not the disease itself
– These symptoms might include language difficulty, loss of recent memory or poor judgment
– In other words, when an individual is said to have dementia they are exhibiting certain symptoms
– Although Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-70% of cases of dementia, other disorders that cause dementia include: Vascular dementia, Parkinson’s disease, dementia with Lewy Bodies and Frontotemporal dementia


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