Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic degenerative brain disease and is the most common cause of dementia. The main clinical manifestations include memory lapses, but other brain functions are also affected thus severely impairing the social life of the sufferer.
Alzheimer’s disease is not related to natural aging and brain shrinkage. However as one ages, the more chance they have of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease is manifested by:
- Memory loss
- Problems with abstract thinking (e.g. calculation using numbers)
- Speech impairment
- Disorientation (don’t remember where their house is or how to get there)
- Difficulty in judgement and decision-making. Therefore the sufferer cannot solve simple daily problems such as fixing something in the home or cleaning something
- Difficulty in performing daily tasks or needs
- Depression, stress and aggressiveness