The President of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association here says, the disease is now becoming common and is now appearing in younger persons. Research is now showing that Alzheimer’s, like heart disease and cancer, develops over decades and can be influenced by lifestyle factors including cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, depression, education, nutrition, sleep and mental, physical and social activity.
The President of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of St. Lucia, Regina Posvar says, persons suffering from Alzheimer’s are usually diagnosed with the condition when it is already at an advanced stage. She says family members (unfortunately) are not recognizing the symptoms soon enough.
According to Posvar, as we age, it is normal to sometimes forget things. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease is often mistaken for normal signs of aging and as a result many people do not always receive the care and attention they need.
Persons in their 30’s and 40’s are now being diagnosed with the disorder and this has been linked to chronic stress.