There are many different types of neurodegenerative diseases diagnosed in the realm of medicine today, but most people are familiar with three: dementia, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. Gizem Donmez is an assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine. For years, she has studied neurodegenerative disease and aging.
Here, Gizem Donmez takes a look at several commonly known neurodegenerative diseases and lists some of the warning signs and symptoms of each.
Alzheimer’s: This disease slowly erodes an individual’s memory, ability to think, and eventually motor skills. The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s is age, and it can begin many years before symptoms begin to show. -The disease is commonly found in people over 60. It starts off subtly, with small disruptions in memory that may often be overlooked due to age,- says Gizem Donmez.
Dementia: -There are several forms of dementia: vascular, frontotemporal, and Lewy body dementias,- says Gizem Donmez. Dementia is a word that encompasses a variety of impairments to cognition and physical ability. People suffering from dementia may have trouble with memories, understanding the speech of others, attentiveness, and performing everyday tasks.
Parkinson’s: Parkinson’s disease affects a person’s motor skills. Sometimes it can be coupled with dementia, but not everyone with Parkinson’s disease will suffer memory loss. -Many sufferers of Parkinson’s do develop dementia. The earliest signs of the disease are slow movement, muscles that resist movement, and difficulty walking,- says Gizem Donmez. Neurodegenerative diseases are a serious matter. Gizem Donmez suggests that if, at any point, you suspect you or a loved one may have symptoms of a neurodegenerative disease, you should contact your doctor. Early diagnosis is best for treating and possibly slowing the progression of a neurodegenerative disease.
For more information on these or other neurodegenerative diseases, Gizem Donmez invites you to explore these websites: