To Bring Awareness of Alzheimer's to the Washington Parish Community.

Alzheimer's is a terrible disease and is one of the few remaining diseases without a cure or a treatment. We hope that this page contains the information that you are searching for.

 If you have any questions or you are a caregiver to or a family member to an Alzheimer's patient and have any questions or need any advice, please contact the 24/7 Alzheimer's support hotline at: 800.272.3900

What is Alzheimer's Disease?

Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It is a progressive disease. This means it gets worse over time and continues to progress for the rest of a person's life. That's why it is important to recognize the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease sooner rather than later and discuss treatment options with a healthcare provider. *

How does Alzheimer's Disease progress?

In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, memory loss may be mild. Symptoms in this stage may include getting confused in familiar places and taking longer than usual to complete normal daily tasks. The disease progresses at different rates in different people. Generally, patients with moderate Alzheimer's disease experience the fastest rate of decline. As a caregiver, you know the person you're caring for better than anyone. Tell the healthcare provider if you notice any changes in symptoms. As the disease progresses, the healthcare provider might talk about the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease as occurring in moderate and severe stages. *

Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer's

1. Memory Loss that disrupts daily life


2. Challenges in planning or solving problems


3. Difficultly completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure


4. Confusion with time or place


5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships


6. New problems with words in speaking or writing


7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps


8. Decreased or poor judgment


9. Withdrawal from work or social activities


10. Changes in mood and personality

  

For an in depth description of each warning sign listed above, please visit the Alzheimer's Association's website

Changes start long before any signs are visible......

 

The brain has 100 billion nerve cells (neurons). Each nerve cell connects with many others to form communication networks. Groups of nerve cells have special jobs. Some are involved in thinking, learning and remembering. Others help us see, hear and smell.

To do their work, brain cells operate like tiny factories. They receive supplies, generate energy, construct equipment and get rid of waste. Cells also process and store information and communicate with other cells. Keeping everything running requires coordination as well as large amounts of fuel and oxygen.

Scientists believe Alzheimer's disease prevents parts of a cell's factory from running well. They are not sure where the trouble starts. But just like a real factory, backups and breakdowns in one system cause problems in other areas. As damage spreads, cells lose their ability to do their jobs and, eventually die, causing irreversible changes in the brain.

Think your loved one may have Alzheimer's? Take the Caregiver Recognition Test.