July 13, 2020
"May Alzheimer's ka na ba?"
More and more that question is heard and asked, sometimes in jest, at times with seriousness, as people equate memory loss with the disease. Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking processes and behavior.1 There are ten types of dementia, which is a "progressive and sometimes chronic brain condition"2, such as vascular dementia, Parkinson's disease dementia, Huntington's disease, and Frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Alzheimer's disease is believed to be the most prevalent among the types of dementia, with about 60-80% of people with dementia diagnosed with Alzheimer's.3
To help answer that pervasive question, we list the indicators of Alzheimer's disease. What signs do we watch out for?
The Alzheimer's Association lists 10 early signs and symptoms:4
The National Institute on Aging lists symptoms for moderate Alzheimer's Disease5 as follows:
These signs and symptoms are clear indicators of a condition that merits a visit to the doctor at the earliest possible time. The earlier the disease is diagnosed, the sooner the proper treatment and medications can be prescribed and implemented.
 Alzheimer's Association. [n.d.] What Is Alzheimer's Disease? Retrieved from https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/what-is-alzheimers
 Goldberg, J. [2017, February]. Types of Dementia. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/alzheimers-dementia#1
 Goldberg, J. [2017, February]. Types of Dementia. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/alzheimers-dementia#1-2
 National Institute on Aging. [2017, May]. What are the signs of Alzheimer's Disease? Retrieved from https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/what-are-signs-alzheimers-disease