Alzheimer’s isn’t something any of us plans on having. It sneaks up on a person, and presents itself when we least expect it.
Knowing the truth can start you and your loved ones down the path of doing all you can to stay ahead of the disease. Learning more has the opportunity to change the face of Alzheimer’s forever. And what we really know is that if you or a member of your family has ever been diagnosed, finding a solution is the goal.
Alzheimer’s Isn’t a Normal Part of Aging
As we age, we all start joking about memory issues. Ever asked: Where are my keys?
But Alzheimer’s isn’t normal aging. Alzheimer’s stretches beyond just memory issues. While it primarily impacts memory, it also appears in other ways, such as a loss in communication skills, concentration issues, and decreased problem solving. You’ll often find poor judgment increases as Alzheimer’s worsens. You may also notice mood swings and a change in personality.
While it can take time to realize it’s not just normal memory problems, the average person will live four to eight years once the disease has been diagnosed, with some living as long as 20 years with known symptoms.
Some Are At Higher Risk
Women make up about two-thirds of Americans currently living with the disease. African Americans are nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, while Hispanics are one and a half times as possible.
You Can Reduce Your Risk
While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, you can reduce your risk. Adopting healthy lifestyle choices not only helps prevent heart disease and cancers, but it can also help you manage your risk for developing Alzheimer’s. Your brain is equally as important to your health as your heart and your lungs. Make sure you’re adding brain-healthy choices to your lifestyle too.
If you or your loved one has been recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, get support. Reach out and discover all you can about this disease. Ask for help. No one should go it alone.