Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive neurological disease which affects multiple brain functions, including memory.
The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is unknown, although several things are thought to increase your risk of developing the condition. These include:
-a family history of the condition
-previous severe head injuries
-lifestyle factors and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease
It’s becoming increasingly understood that it’s very common to have both changes of Alzheimer’s and vascular dementia together (mixed dementia).
Signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition, which means the symptoms develop gradually and become more severe over several years. It affects multiple brain functions.
The first sign of Alzheimer’s disease is usually minor memory problems. For example, this could be forgetting about recent conversations or events, and forgetting the names of places and objects.
As the condition develops, memory problems become more severe and further symptoms can develop, such as:
confusion, disorientation, and getting lost in familiar places
difficulty planning or making decisions
problems with speech and language
problems moving around without assistance or performing self-care tasks
personality changes, such as becoming aggressive, demanding, and suspicious of others
hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there) and delusions (believing things that are not true)
low mood or anxiety
Where there is a lot of anxiety, also diffuse Depression / Anxiety Blend (for diffuser only) to assist with stabilizing emotions.