We know that Alzheimer’s greatly impacts the brain. A brain with Alzheimer’s is known to shrink and lose its volume, causing memory loss. But what does Alzheimer’s do to the rest of the body?
It is no surprise the Alzheimer’s actually impacts not just the brain, but the entire body. In fact, Alzheimer’s has many physical and mental health symptoms. These things can include trouble remembering or loss in balance. We have discussed the signs of Alzheimer’s in the past. But make sure to also be on the lookout for physical changes.
Physical changes to look for:
- Balance & coordination loss
- Stiff muscles
- Issues sleeping
- Trouble controlling bladder
- Twitches, or even possible seizures
When a person is suffering with Alzheimer’s not only can the impact on the brain make things difficult, but so does the impact on the body. Often times, it can be hard for them to care for themselves. Once their mind starts to shut down, so does their body. It could even get to the point where is may be hard to hold a conversation with the person because it might become difficult for them to speak. The body shutting down could also increase the risk of infection and could cause the immune system to fail, making pneumonia a greater risk. On top of these risks, many people with Alzheimer’s starts to lose their balance, causing them to fall and injure themselves.
If you or a loved one is starting to experience the sign of Alzheimer’s, it is important to schedule an appointment with a neuropsychologist like Dr. DenBoer at SMART Brain Aging. The team at SMART will test your cognitive abilities and design a plan that is right for you to mitigate the onset of dementia by up to 2.5 years.
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