Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia among older adults. Dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life.

Specifically, Alzheimer’s disease causes a steady loss of memory and affects how well you are able to speak, think and do your everyday activities.

There are close to 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s, but half (or more) don’t even know it. Alzheimer's symptoms are often overlooked or simply attributed to limitations that come with aging. But Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of the aging process. Some signs of Alzheimer's include:

  • Memory loss that affects your daily life
  • Difficulty planning, solving problems or completing familiar tasks
  • Confusion over time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images
  • New problems with speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and not being able to retrace your steps
  • Poor judgment when making decisions
  • Changes in mood or personality

If you or a loved one has experienced any of these symptoms, it’s time to see your doctor. Mercy neurologists and geriatrics specialists have the expertise to determine possible causes. And if you do have Alzheimer’s, finding out early means you’ll have more options for treatment.

Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, your doctor will put together a treatment plan to help you stay active and enjoy your life. Your care plan might include:

  • Medications that can help with memory and thinking problems
  • Regular checkups to see if your symptoms are improving
  • Diet, exercise and other healthy lifestyle choices that can improve mental health
  • Suggestions for making your home safe and a comfortable place to live

Mercy will be there for you and your family with all the support you need.

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