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Living with Alzheimer’s
vision loss, emotional distresses such as bereavement, or moving. Finding out exactly what is going on is the key to getting the help, care, and support needed. Early diagnosis couldmean amore effective treatment plan that could slow the disease and help patients and loved ones understand what lies ahead. Almost half of Canadians suffering with some sort of dementia, including Alzhei- mer’s, wait too long to be diagnosed. Knowing what is going to happen, how to treat it, and where to go for help can be tre- mendously comforting. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s does not mean that life is over. People can live an active and meaningful life for many years. There are things that can be done to slow the pro-
gression of the disease like staying active, eating a heart healthy diet, doing things that challenge the brain, and staying socially connected. Early diagnosis is imperative as medications are most effective during the early stages of the disease. Alzheimer’s is a lot more than forget- fulness. Some signs that could indicate a problem include memory loss that affects day-to-day living, difficulty performing familiar tasks, problems with language, disorientation, impaired judgement, pro- blems with abstract thinking, misplacing things, changes in mood, behavior, or per- sonality, and loss of initiative. Any kind of concern should be brought to the attention of a doctor.
disease. However, early diagnosis for some can mean slowing it down a bit. Fear and misunderstanding prevent some people from consulting a doctor. Some get concerned when they start to forget things. But forgetfulness doesn’t necessarily mean dementia. It could just be information overload. There is only so much one can fit in one head. There are other conditions that may have similar symptoms to dementia and may be treatable. Conditions such as depression, certain types of infections, vitamin or thy- roid deficiency, and drug interactions are just some of the problems that could show signs comparable to dementia. Other causes could include hearing or
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A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s seems a bleak one. But there is life after diagnosis. More and more health care professionals are finding ways for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and their families to live with the disease. January is Alzheimer’s awa- reness month. The Canadian Alzheimer’s Society stresses early diagnosis for several reasons. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive one that usually affects people over the age of 65, increasing their chances of getting the disease as they age. But, it can affect those in their 40’s or 50’s as well. It is ultimately a pro- gressive and fatal disease, but the symptoms and rate of progression varies from person to person. People can live with Alzheimer’s for ten or more years. According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, 72 per cent of those diagnosed with the disease are women. Currently there are more than 740,000 people living with de- mentia including Alzheimer’s. By 2031, that number is expected to increase to 1.4 billion. There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, nor is there any treatment to reverse the The Arbor Gallery Speaker Series is back for a twentieth season. The Gallery has gathered a collection of people who will each be pres- enting an evening of interactive talks from January 16 to April 16. Topics from health, science, and everyday life will be discussed. The series begins Saturday, January 16 at 7 p.m. with Elain Cooper talking about Sitting is Killing Us; five simple ways to take the hassle out of healthy. The series continues with talks on energy, conversation, science, and health. Refreshments are offered by Sam’s Kitchen. – Diane Hunter Another year of great talks at the Arbor Gallery
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