Alzheimer’s is one of the most common causes of dementia in the United States and it accounts for 50-60% of all cases. Alzheimer’s destroys brain cells and nerves restricting the transmitters that carry messages to the brain, particularly those responsible for storing memories.
As the disease progresses, nerve cells die in particular regions of the brain which shrinks as gaps develop in the temporal lobe and the hippocampus which are responsible for storing and retrieving new information.
That destruction can affect your ability to remember, speak, think and make decisions.
Additionally, Alzheimer’s can impact the production of chemicals in the brain such as Acetylcholine.
Symptoms. If you or a family member has problems with lapses of memory, difficulty finding the right words for every day objects or mood swings, Alzheimer’s disease may be the culprit. As the disease progresses, the person may:
- Frequently forget recent events, names and faces and difficulty in understanding what’s being said;
- Become confused when handling money or driving a car;
- Undergo a personality changes appearing to no longer care about those around them;
- Experience mood swings;
- Become convinced that someone is trying to harm them.
Unfortunately, long term disability carriers do not make it easy for those disabled as a result of Alzheimer’s to get access to the benefits that the deserve. If your physician has diagnosed Alzheimer’s and you have been denied long term disability benefits, Nancy Cavey can help you cut through the red tape and fight for your benefits no matter where you live in the United States. Call today at 727.894.3188.