Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. So, in other words, the people who have Alzheimer’s forget a lot of different things in their life including their family and friends some of the time.

The symptoms for this disease usually develop slowly and get worse over time which become very severe. The more severe they get, the harder it is to continue daily tasks. There are different symptoms such as disorientation, mood and behavior changes; deepening confusion about events, time and place; unfounded suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers, etc. There are many symptoms that come with Alzheimer’s.

Most of the time, people with memory loss or other possible signs of Alzheimers may find it hard to recognize they have a problem. This means they’re in denial and they don’t want to tell themselves or admit they might have Alzheimer’s

Some people think Alzheimer’s is a normal part of aging, but it’s not. The majority of people who deal with this disease are 65 and older, yet about 200,000 Americans have it who are under the age of 65. That is known as early-onset Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s tend to worsen over time just like the symptoms worsen over time. It is a progressive disease and is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. There is no way to cure it yet either. Can you believe that something this far up on the list of causes of death doesn’t even have a cure?

There are plenty of different ways to help out with Alzheimer’s, though. On Saturday, September 30th, there will be a walk at McGrath Amphitheatre at 8:30am to help end Alzheimers. If you don’t know, the address is 475 1st Street Southwest, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Also, if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with this disease or a related disease, you are not alone. The Alzheimer’s Association is a trusted resource for reliable information, education, referral and support to millions of people affected by the disease.

Call the 24/7 helpline: 800.272.3900

If anyone needs help with this, there are plenty of options out there not only for the people who have this disease. People understand what you’re going through if a family member has it and maybe they don’t remember you or they aren’t the same as they used to be.

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