Alzheimer's disease: Being unable to do certain daily tasks can indicate the early stages


The Alzheimer’s Society (AS) says that as the disease progresses, memory problems will usually affect someone’s daily life more and they may begin to lose items such as keys and glasses around the house. Others may forget a friend’s name, or struggle to find the right word in a conversation. In 2040, there will be over 1.5 million people with dementia in the UK, at the current rate of prevalence, according to the charity.

THERE are many types of dementia, with Alzheimer’s disease being one of the most common. It is a progressive neurologic disorder that causes the brain to shrink and brain cells to die.

The AS says other signs include:

  • Forget about recent conversations or events
  • Get lost in a familiar place or on a familiar journey
  • Forget appointments or significant dates.

The charity says: “As well as memory difficulties, people with Alzheimer’s are also likely to have – or go on to develop – other problems. These include problems with thinking, reasoning, language or perception.”

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The AS says: “Although getting older is the biggest risk factor for dementia, evidence shows there are things you can do to help reduce your own risk. These include keeping active, eating healthily and exercising your mind.”

It explains eating a healthy, balanced diet may reduce your risk of dementia, as well as other conditions including cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, stroke and heart disease.

Though it notes: “No single ingredient, nutrient or food can improve brain health by itself. Instead, eating a range of different foods in the right proportions is what makes a difference. This is known as a ‘balanced’ diet.”

The charity says also if you smoke, you’re putting yourself at a much higher risk of developing dementia later in life.


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