Alzheimer's Information for Nevadans
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's you are not alone. There are people who understand what you are going through and help is available. There is a lot you can do in the early stages to cope with what lies ahead.
Nevada Facts and Figures
What is Alzheimer's?
Dementia is an umbrella term for a number of distinct neurological diseases caused by plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, strokes, or other problems in the brain. Alzheimer's disease is one form of dementia and is the most common, accounting for approximately 70% of cases. There are more than 50 identified forms of dementia besides Alzheimer's disease, including: 1)frontotemporal dementia; 2) Lewy bodies disease; 3) Parkinson's disease; 4) Pick's disease, and 5) vascular dementia. Some forms of dementia may be reversible, but for the majority, including Alzheimer's disease, there remains no cure.
Symptoms include short and long-term memory loss, difficulties with problem solving, and performing step-wise tasks, and impaired communicative abilities. The cognitive decline from dementia is significantly different from what is expected from normal aging and interferes with the completion of activities of daily living.