Alzheimer's – a word that brings fear to most senior adults. But what is Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's is a disorder of the brain that leads to a decline in memory, comprehension, thinking, and judgment. Often this is a slow process; occasionally it occurs more rapidly. Frequently, memory loss is the first sign of this disorder.
However, not all individuals with memory loss have Alzheimer's disease. It is quite common to misplace your car keys, your glasses, or forget the name of someone you know. However, most people will find their keys and glasses and recall the name of their friend later in the day. Many individuals find that they need to make lists more frequently in order to keep up with daily tasks. Usually, these changes are fairly easily managed and do not interfere with most independent life activities.
Unfortunately, in some individuals, the cognitive changes, memory loss, and social impairments become progressive and can lead to a concern that the patient has dementia. "Dementia" is a general term that simply means a waxing and waning of cognitive ability. This often will involve impairment of thinking, judgment, memory, concentration, and behavior.
Having practiced in southwest Florida for more than 20 years as a Board-Certified Neurologist, one thing is certain in health care: getting people moving and keeping them active is the key to health care. But there are so many illnesses and injuries that can prevent people from being active; from simple sprains and strains of ligaments and muscles, to arthritis and back pain, and to medical problems such as neurologic conditions, heart, or lung disease. Physical therapy can be the key that can unlock your health!
Our very own Dr. Kandel co-founded Art Fest Naples 21 years ago with Naples artist Patsy Reeves. Since then, we have been so proud to be a part of this amazing event. This year, Neurology Office was the proud sponsor of Art Fest Naples on behalf of Foundation for the Developmentally Disabled, a 35-year-old Naples organization that successfully serves adults in employment and recreational programs.
The Art Fest Naples also benefited Additional Needs Inc. Additional Needs' vision is to change society’s perspective from the label of disability to one of additional needs using the website as a platform. Learn more at additionalneeds.info.
Here are a few highlights from the weekend. Enjoy!
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