Nearly 6 million Americans age 65 and older live with Alzheimer’s disease, making it the most common form of dementia. This progressive neurological disorder causes brain cells to die and the brain to atrophy.
But memory loss isn’t the only sign of Alzheimer’s disease, and there are ways to manage many of its effects or at least make your daily life more comfortable, safe, and fulfilling as it progresses.
At Michigan Neurology Associates in metro Detroit, our compassionate medical staff offers customized treatment plans to help you manage your Alzheimer’s disease symptoms for the best possible quality of life. Read on to learn about signs of this disease and treatments that can help.
Memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease
Memory loss is the primary symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Early on, you might notice difficulty recalling recent conversations or events. You may also struggle more to recall where you’ve placed items and feel stuck when attempting to retrace your steps.
While everyone experiences these issues from time to time, they grow more prevalent once you have Alzheimer’s disease.
As the disease worsens somewhat, these memory impairments increase. You may have trouble organizing your thoughts, recognizing or remembering people you’ve met, or get lost in previously familiar places.
Once these symptoms start appearing, a loved one is more likely to notice.
Additional signs of Alzheimer’s disease
Alzheimer’s disease can affect many aspects of your life in ways that are necessarily or obviously memory loss-related. Some of these signs include:
- Changes in sleep habits
- Delusions, such as mistakenly believing something was stolen
- Difficulty concentrating or thinking about abstract concepts
- Difficulty making decisions
- DIfficulty managing finances or understanding numbers
- Increased trouble multitasking
- Inappropriate social choices, such as wearing a heavy coat to a sunny picnic
- Loss of inhibitions
- Personality and mood changes, such as apathy, depression, and mood swings
- Unusual distrust in others
Alzheimer’s disease treatment
While there is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease, numerous therapies can help by slowing down its progression and improving conditions to enhance your overall quality of life. Some of the therapies we may recommend include:
- Dietary changes
- Established routines and practices to prevent losing important items
- Physical therapy
- Psychological counseling for related anxiety and depression
You can also benefit from partaking in tasks that aren’t affected by Alzheimer’s disease, such as coloring, dancing, reading or listening to books, storytelling, reminiscing about longer term memories, singing or listening to music, and crafting.
Learn more about Alzheimer’s disease or get the support you need by reaching out to us at Michigan Neurology Associates today. We have locations in Clinton Township, St. Clair Shores, and Utica, Michigan and would love to help you better manage your challenges and live as fully as you can for as long as possible.