Donating a car to charity can be your link to helping Alzheimer’s patients and their suffering families.
Alzheimer’s disease affects people of all ages. We tend to think it is only older people who get it but that is simply not true. Approximately 200,000 people under the age of 65 have this debilitating disease categorized as “Younger-onset Alzheimer’s”. 11% of our nation over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s in its daring stages. Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter is helping the many people who are suffering from this life changing disease.
What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s is a progressive and degenerative non-reversible disorder affecting the brain’s nerve cells (neurons). This disease results in the loss of memory, thinking and language skills and in some dramatic behavioral changes. People in the late stages cannot take care of themselves eventually requiring them to need round the clock care.
What causes Alzheimer’s disease?
Scientists are not completely sure what causes this disease however; it appears it develops as a result of a string of pathological occurrences in the brain over time. Age is the overall best known risk factor in Alzheimer’s, but not limited to the older generation as it has been found in people as young as 20 years old.
Is Alzheimer’s genetic?
Two types of this disease exist:
- Familial Alzheimer’s disease (FAD) which appears to be inherited. About 5% of all patients come from this category.
- Sporadic Alzheimer’s disease (SAD) in which no obvious inherent pattern has been detected. This type accounts for the other 95% of Alzheimer’s patients.
Is Gender a factor?
More women than men die from Alzheimer’s disease, likely because women live longer than men, generally.
What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s?
- Difficulty with feeding and bathing
- Memory loss
- Anxiety, agitation, confusion and paranoia
- Forgetting how to use everyday things like a pencil
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of speech
- Loss of bladder control
- Problems finding the right words
- Repetitive speaking or actions
- Sleep disturbances
- Inability to recognize objects
- Wandering or pacing as if lost
Alzheimer’s disease is no joke. Most of us know someone who has it or has a family member who has it or has died from it. This is a very care intensive disease and all those affected by it need whatever help and support they can get. Consider donating today.