My question:

26 September 2018 | Health

My elderly husband seem to be getting more forgetful, continuously telling the same story. What are the signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s?

Answer: Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org)

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's or other dementia. Alzheimer's is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. The symptoms are: Memory loss that disrupts daily life. Challenges in planning or solving problems. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. Confusion with time or place. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. New problems with words in speaking or writing. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. Decreased or poor judgment. Withdrawal from work or social activities. Changes in mood and personality.

Answer: Alzheimer's Society (www.alzheimers.org.uk

It's important to work closely with your doctor and other members of your health care team to create the best treatment plan for you or the person in your care. Your treatment goals are likely to change during your journey with Alzheimer's disease. Make sure you understand all the available options and the benefits and risks of each choice as your treatment plan evolves. An optimal treatment plan will take into account your: Age and overall health. urrent treatment goals. Severity of symptoms and their impact on your life. Living situation and availability of family members and caregivers.

Answer: Paola Barbarino (CEO Alzheimer’s Disease International)

Compared with the number of people developing dementia – one every 3 seconds – the amounts devoted to research are tiny. For a start there isn’t enough original research. The global ratio of publications on neurodegenerative disorders versus cancer is an astonishing 1:12. Many countries have no diagnostic tools, no access to clinical trials and, indeed, few, if any, specialised doctors and researchers. Our hope is that we increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and spark a debate which will lead to more governments dedicating funds and focus to help people with dementia and their families live better lives.

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