What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s Disease, or simply Alzheimer’s, is a type of dementia involving memory loss as well as problems with behavior and processing thoughts. It is an irreversible and progressive disorder that affects the brain and can cause many dramatic changes to the person, including the inability to perform even the simplest tasks.


Alzheimer’s Disease is named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer. In 1906, Dr. Alzheimer examined the brain tissue of a diseased woman exhibiting unusual behavior. She was considered to have a mental illness, with symptoms similar to what we know to be Alzheimer’s today. The brain contained abnormal clumps and tangled neural fibers. These clumps (known today as amyloid plaques) and bundles of tangled fibers (or neurofibrillary tangles) are now considered as the main features of the disease.

Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

  • Memory loss such as:
    • forgetting recently learned information
    • asking for the same information repeatedly
    • needing to rely on memory devices
  • Difficulty planning or solving problems
  • Inability to complete simple, daily tasks
  • Losing track of dates, times, places
  • Vision problems, such as:
    • difficulty reading
    • difficulty driving
    • difficulty judging space and distance
    • difficulty recognizing colors
  • Trouble with following conversations or having to struggle with words or losing train of thought in the middle of a conversation
  • Poor judgment
  • Paying less attention to hygiene and grooming
  • Mood changes and personality changes
  • Isolating themselves from work, friends, and social activities and hobbies

What do you do if you notice these Alzheimer’s signs in your loved ones?

Don’t ignore these signs. If you notice these in your loved ones, check with a doctor. Early detection is important to find the right treatment options.

If, however, you already have a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and you need help providing premium care for them, call us at Big Hearts today:

0917 799 2102.


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