Alzheimer’s disease, a severe form of progressive dementia, casts a long and fearful shadow on the baby boom generation, but lifestyle changes and advance planning can delay and even diminish its impacts.
A certified Occupational Therapist, Teepa Snow is a dementia expert who trains and consults for healthcare professionals and families privately. She explains that while Alzheimer’s is the most widely recognized form of dementia, it is just one of the many forms that condition may take. Here, Snow (left) describes a few of the others.
Simple forgetfulness is a common trait for most adults, but the early signs of Alzheimer’s are significantly more acute. Here, Teepa Snow breaks down the difference.
The diagram below illustrates the physiological changes that characterize Alzherimer's disease.