November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition that damages brain cells, which can affect how we speak, think, move and interact with other people. Most people who develop Alzheimer’s do not have a family history of it. Alzheimer’s disease is the 5th leading cause of death among American adults over the age of 65. There are 10 warning signs of possible Alzheimer’s disease including; memory changes that disrupt daily life, difficulty making decisions, like planning or problem solving, completing tasks, confusion about time/place, difficulty understanding visual images or the way they fit together, trouble finding correct words to say or write, misplacing items and losing ability to retrace your steps, poor judgement about safety, withdrawal from work or social activities, and changes in mood or personality. The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease remains unknown. Scans that may help diagnose include CT scan, MRI, PET scan, or ultrasound, which may show abnormal brain structure or function. Your physical therapist may recognize early signs or symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Physical therapists are movement experts that are in a great position to help people age well. For further information about Alzheimer’s disease and how therapy can help a loved one with Alzheimer’s, click the link below to learn more. Call the clinic today to speak with your local Physical or Occupational therapist to see how we can help you or a loved one.
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