One of the things I keep seeing is that lack of distinction between Alzheimer’s and Dementia. People use the term together inter-changeably which clearly shows there is a lack of understanding between the two terms. Why do we care? Because one is the disease and the other is the symptom of the disease!
Did you know that? I didn’t know that either until I was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s. I also wasn’t aware that there were different types of dementia. I was amazed when I found out that Alzheimer’s is the disease and Dementia is one of the symptoms. Dementia is associated with a few diseases, although Alzheimer’s seems to be the one most people are aware.
What I discovered is that most people are not aware that they have Alzheimer’s. It’s fascinated me as I learn more about the disease, that most people who have Early Onset are in denial that there is anything wrong. I say people are in denial because of the subtlety of the disease in the early stages. Deep down inside, we have to know because life becomes confusing and frustrating and definitely a little harder. That has always fascinated me, as I’d love to know for sure so that I could get help early if I were diagnosed with such a disease. Acceptance, especially early on in life could push everyone to enjoy life every day, every hour and every minute with joy as we know not when the disease will be worse. And the reality is that it will get worse.
Here’s an article that explains it all – Read right here to see and understand the different stages of Alzheimer’s. Knowing the early stages can help you prepare for what’s coming and get help early for you or a loved one. The sooner the better! Let me know what you think. Leaving a comment below. What are your feelings about this? I’d love to hear from you.
Be well, be safe, be aware,