How to Benefit From Alzheimer's Awareness

By Dr. Adam Alpers, D.O.


September 21 is World Alzheimer's Awareness Day


Each year, there is increasing emphasis on early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, but is hard to diagnose. However, there are still a number of symptoms associated with diagnostic tests that can indicate the presence and progression of this disease. During Alzheimer's Awareness week, you should make the effort to familiarize yourself with these symptoms. If you notice that you do have symptoms, it may be helpful to talk to your doctor. While there is no cure for Alzheimers, there are a number of exercises and daily routines that can make it easier to cope with this illness.


To begin, it is important to realize that Alzheimers affects your memory, emotions, and cognitive thinking skills. Consider a situation in which you forget where you placed your car keys, or you begin to forget where you are while driving your automobile. Regardless of whether or not you have Alzheimers, or some other developing impairment, it is absolutely necessary to begin creating a system that will help you cope with every day life. This may include rearranging your home in order to reduce clutter, as well as making sure that you have a specific place to put your keys.


Researchers are finding that vigorous mental activity helps stave off some of the effects associated with Alzheimers. Regardless of whether you decide to work part time, play challenging computer games, or play Sudoku, they all can provide your brain with vital activity and stimulation. In a similar way, you should also try to exercise to your full physical capacity. Aside from increasing blood flow, exercise is one of the best ways to boost your emotional and mental outlook.


Along with Alzheimers and impaired cognitive skills there is the potential danger of elder abuse. Unfortunately, this goes on every single day in private families, as well as in nursing homes. Contrary to popular belief, elder abuse does not only include physical violence and neglect. Elderly people frequently suffer from identity theft and many other issues, because criminals know it is easier to get sensitive financial information from them.


Even if you are not at risk for Alzheimers, you should learn the symptoms. This, in turn, will make it easier for you to help family members that may be in the early stages of this disease. Today, your doctor, as well as various community agencies, can help with educating elderly people about the risks of Alzheimers. Identifying these risks can help to protect people with Alzheimers from being targeted by unscrupulous individuals and businesses.


As researchers continue to look for a viable way to test for Alzheimers, there is no reason to delay getting help. In fact, the sooner you educate yourself about the symptoms of this disease, the better chance you will have of making changes to your lifestyle. Lifestyle changes can, and will, blunt the impact of Alzheimers progression. At the same time, if you have individuals in your family that are in the golden years of their life, it will be of some help if you can recognize the symptoms of this disease.

No matter whether you want to protect your loved ones from financial abuse, or other forms of elder abuse, early detection of Alzheimers is crucial during the time frame when early treatment is critical.