9 Key Terms That Could Make or Break Your Understanding of Alzheimer’sThe Alzheimer's Site
While an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is life-changing, you can empower yourself by learning more about the disease, the changes you may face, and the steps you can take to move forward with life. Alzheimer’s generally progresses in stages over time. Learning essential terms related to the disease puts you in position to evaluate your priorities, set goals, discuss treatments with your doctor, and take an active role in managing your health. The following are nine key terms that can help you better understand your diagnosis and actively participate in your personal treatment plans.
9. Aphasia (and Dysphasia)
Aphasia relates to experiencing difficulty with comprehending and producing speech, as well as with the ability to read and write. It can result in one or more symptoms, including forgetting words, substituting incorrect words, putting words in the wrong order, making up words, switching sounds, and difficulty understanding number concepts. Dysphasia is a similar yet less severe condition and relates to the inability to find the right word or understand the meaning of a word. Symptoms of dysphasia often include delayed speech while the individual tries to recall words, and may also include difficulty with daily tasks such as going shopping or answering the phone.
Those suffering from aphasia and dysphasia can recover to some degree with speech therapy. Reducing risk factors that lead to aphasia and dysphasia can include staying mentally active, maintaining healthy blood-cholesterol levels, getting regular medical examinations, and living a healthy lifestyle.