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16 May, 2022

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia- Do you Know the Symptoms?

3 out of 5 Americans will develop brain disease in their life.* Two types of brain diseases are Alzheimer's and Dementia. Do you know what the symptoms are for these common diseases?

Dementia is a term used to describe a cognitive disorder that leads to an overall decline in memory, to the point where it affects one’s daily activities, such as keeping track of personal items and maintaining a schedule. Signs of dementia are triggered by damaged brain cells resulting in abnormalities with cognition, behavior, thought-processes, as well as disruption in an individuals general well-being. Worldwide, approximately around 50 million people have dementia, and there are nearly 10 million new cases every year.1

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia and may contribute to 60-70% of cases.1 Alzheimer’s is a progressive illness that causes signs of memory loss and other mental functions. One of the most common early symptoms of Alzheimer's is difficulty remembering newly learned information because this part of the brain is often affected first in patients.

Symptoms:

  • Disorientation and confusion.

  • Mood and behavior changes.

  • Difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.

  • Difficulty remembering new information.

  • Unfounded suspicions about family.

  • Deepening confusion about events/time/place.

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life.

  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks.

  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.

  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.

While it is never too early to assess your brain health, if you suspect that you or a loved one may be affected by a neurological issue, speak with a medical professional. 

Contact Borg and Ide Imaging if your physician feels brain imaging is needed to assist with diagnosis. Rest assured that we offer leading-edge equipment in a comfortable, convenient setting.

*Strokes and brain health (infographic). www.stroke.org. (n.d.). Retrieved May 4, 2022, from https://www.stroke.org/en/about-stroke/stroke-risk-factors/strokes-and-brain-health 

16 May, 2022

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