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Alzheimer's And Walking

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Alzheimer's Care and Walking According to the National Institute of Health, Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease of the brain. It features progressive loss of the brain’s nerve cells over time which results in a decline in thinking processes and other cognitive abilities. Alzheimer’s disease affects 15 million people around the world, and 4.5 million persons in the United States, alone. At least one in 10 persons over the age of 65 will suffer from Alzheimer's and almost half of those over the age of 85. This number is set to go up considerably as the Baby Boomer generation ages. There are many stages in Alzheimer's. In the later stages, it is said to parallel "the stages of infant and childhood development in reverse." The first signs of Alzheimer's is typically mild forgetfulness. It is often so mild that it is written off as "senior moments". As the disease progresses, a person in the early stages will find it difficult to function at work or perform complex tasks due to memory deficits. Entering the middle stages, a person will start to have difficulty dressing and taking care of personal grooming. Language will start to become a problem as vocabulary is lost. Heading into the final stages of Alzheimer's, a person will have difficulty walking, standing, and eventually controlling any part of their body, even holding up their head.…show more content…
This means that in the early and middle stages of Alzheimer's, when mobility is still there, you want to take advantage of every last opportunity to walk and get
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