COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – September marks World Alzheimer's Month. Alzheimer's disease is a slowly progressive brain disease that destroys memory and thinking skills and other important mental functions.
Scientists believe that Alzheimer's disease results from a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain over time.
Although the terms dementia and Alzheimer's disease are used interchangeably, they are different. Dementia is not a disease, but a group of symptoms that affect mental tasks like memory and reasoning.
Those with Alzheimer's may have trouble finding the right words to express thoughts or take part in conversations. Over time, the ability to read and write also declines.
Factors that may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's include gaining higher levels of formal education, a stimulating jog, mentally challenging leisure activities and frequent social interactions.