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Alzheimers Disease

What is Alzheimers Disease?

Alzheimer's disease (AD), is the most common form of dementia. There is no cure for the disease, which worsens as it progresses, and eventually leads to death. It was first described by German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer in 1906. Most often, Alzheimers is diagnosed in people over 65 years of age, although the less-prevalent early-onset Alzheimer's can occur much earlier.

Although Alzheimer's disease develops differently for every individual, there are many common symptoms. Early symptoms are often mistakenly thought to be 'age-related' concerns, or manifestations of stress. In the early stages, the most common symptom is difficulty in remembering recent events.

When AD is suspected, the diagnosis is usually confirmed with tests that evaluate behavior and thinking abilities, often followed by a brain scan if available. As the disease advances, symptoms can include confusion, irritability, aggression, mood swings, trouble with language, and long-term memory loss. As the sufferer declines they often withdraw from family and society. Gradually, bodily functions are lost, ultimately leading to death. Since the disease is different for each individual, predicting how it will affect the person is difficult. AD develops for an unknown and variable amount of time before becoming fully apparent, and it can progress undiagnosed for years. On average, the life expectancy following diagnosis is approximately seven years.

The Loomis Communities is pleased to offer special care for those with Alzheimer’s and other memory impairing conditions.  Loomis House provides care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory impairments in secured, skilled nursing neighborhoods with programming designed to meet their specialized needs.