Caring for Alzheimer’s Disease
February 15, 2014•9 min
Alzheimer's is primarily a disease of aging, although it can occur in younger adults. One in 10 people over the age of 65 — and nearly half of all people over 85 — have Alzheimer's. Roughly 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease and the prevalence of Alzheimer's disease is increasing, perhaps because of increased awareness of its symptoms or because people are living longer. Memory loss is the first and primary symptom of Alzheimer's disease. In the disease's early stages, patients become forgetful — misplacing car keys, forgetting to take medications, not remembering how to drive to familiar places. As the disease progresses, patients often cannot remember what they did earlier in the day, or even five minutes before. In later stages, patients do not recognize loved ones and have difficulty taking care of themselves.Listen as the experts from Cleveland Clinic give you the most up to date information on Alzheimer's and how to care for a loved one that has this disease.We're Talking About Your Health with Cleveland Clinic!