Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Alzheimer's currently affects almost 500,000 people within the UK alone. Dementia is a general term which is used to describe the deterioration of mental functionality such as memory, language and judgement.
Alzheimer’s disease is a physical disease causing changes to the chemistry and structure of the brain, which leads to the death of brain cells. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease which means over time more parts of the brain are damaged and the Alzheimer’s symptoms become more severe.
What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?-
During the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, those affected may experience memory loss and have problems using the correct words to use in conversation. As the disease progresses, symptoms may change to also include:
- Confusion and forgetfulness over people, places and events
- Mood swings
- Feelings of frustration and scared by their increasing memory loss
- Becoming withdrawn due to a loss of confidence or communication problems
Who does Alzheimer’s disease affect?-
Whilst there is no individual cause of Alzheimer’s disease, age is the greatest factor. Approximately one in 14 people aged over 65 are affected, with around one in six aged over 80 suffering from the disease. However, many people under 65 also suffer from Alzheimer’s, with figures in the UK reporting there are of more than 17,000 people affected.
Care and management of Alzheimer’s disease at the Priory-
The Priory has been helping people with Alzheimer’s disease and early onset Alzheimer’s for many years, as specialist in care and management of this disease. We understand that everyone's situation is different, which is why we ensure that everyone has a unique care plan tailored to their needs. The care plan looks to embrace the wider situation, involving family and friends to help the person remain integrated and valued as the disease progresses.
The services and Alzheimer’s treatment offered by the Priory are usually on an inpatient basis when people are struggling to cope in their own environment. At this time the Priory team can best meet the needs of the individual and in some cases the individual may remain with the Priory until the end of their life. You can rest assured as specialists at the Priory are skilled in managing palliative care, supporting both the patient and family during this difficult time.