Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia

Many people are confused about the difference between “dementia” and “Alzheimer’s disease.” Simply put, dementia is a general term for a decline in mental ability severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common type of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of all cases. Although the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older, the disease is not a normal part of the aging process. Forgetting newly learned information or important dates and events are symptomatic of the type of memory loss characterized by the disease. The symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease usually develop slowly and increase in severity over a period of up to eight years, although the life expectancy of people with Alzheimer’s varies greatly depending on their physical condition. Over time, problems with memory, thinking and behavior become severe enough to impede even simple tasks. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Current treatments, however, can slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve the quality of life for Alzheimer’s patients and their family caregivers.

If your loved one is showing signs of memory loss, an assessment such as a baseline memory screening may be in order. Free memory screenings are offered at One Senior Place each month. Doctors, researchers, and clinicians agree: early diagnosis and prompt treatment may help slow the onset and lessen the severity of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Memory Resource Center at One Senior Place

For more information, visit the Memory Resource Center at One Senior Place. You’ll find books for caregivers, about the disease, and many other guides and resources.

Resources in Brevard/Space Coast

Alzheimer’s Association  407-228-4299

Health First Memory Disorder Clinic  321-434-7612

Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation  321-253-4430

The Center for Family Caregiving  321-434-7625

Project Lifesaver – Brevard County TRIAD  321-631-2747

Florida Brain Bank  407-843-1910

Senior Partner Care Services – Care Management  321-253-6330

Resources in Greater Orlando

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Resource Center  407-436-7750

Alzheimer’s Association  407-228-4299

The Compass Clinic  407-210-1320

Orlando Health Center for Aging  321-841-9700

Center for Memory Disorders  407-447-5971

Florida Brain Bank  407-436-7755

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