How Does Alzheimer's Disease Affect the Body and the Brain? June 1, 2017

June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, which means it is the perfect time to learn more about the impact that Alzheimer's has on those who suffer from it. Whether you have Alzheimer's yourself or you have a family member suffering from this disease, learning about the impact it can have on both mind and body can help reduce the impact of the disease and maintain a high quality of life for as long as possible.

How Alzheimer's affects the body

While it's true that the most commonly known symptoms of Alzheimer's involve the brain, the reality is that there are a number of significant ways Alzheimer's affects the body as well.

Alzheimer's causes the buildup of plaques and tangles in the brain, and this ultimately has a direct impact on the nervous system. Before too long, individuals with Alzheimer's tend to notice stiffer muscles, a general loss of balance and coordination and a growing number of twitches or even seizures. In the later stages of the disease, individuals can suffer from difficulty controlling the bowels and urination, and sleep becomes increasingly difficult as well.

Eventually, the body weakens to the point that infections, pneumonia or even a heart attack become the actual cause of death.

How Alzheimer's affects the brain

The same plaque that causes a loss of nervous system function also have a substantial impact on the mind as well. Common symptoms include memory loss, eventually leading to the inability to remember even close friends and family members.

Alzheimer's treatment options

Unfortunately, treatment options for Alzheimer's are relatively limited at this point. However, there are a number of treatment options that can potentially slow the progression of the disease. For now, however, maintaining independence with Alzheimer's requires the assistance of others.

Maintaining independence with Alzheimer's

It can be difficult to maintain independence with a disease as serious as Alzheimer's. In the early stages, however, an assisted living facility can help take care of daily tasks, including errands, household chores and driving, in order to give individuals with Alzheimer's as much independence as possible.

To learn more about the impact of Alzheimer's and to discuss treatment and assisted living options with qualified individuals, simply contact Brookfield Seniors today.