Just a Minute of Information…On The 4 “A’s”

By Robert Elmer III on February 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

I was reading some dementia care guidelines provided by The Division of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry at John Hopkins and I thought I’d share some of it with you. The most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s are sometimes called the 4 “A’s” and they’re words you should understand. First is Amnesia-This refers to the obvious Memory Loss your loved one has. Aphasia relates to their difficulty with language like finding and understanding words. Apraxia affects their ability to do things like getting dressed properly or using a knife and fork and finally there’s Agnosia which is the trouble they have making sense of what they see …like not recognizing a telephone, or a bottle of soda when they’re looking right at it. Now, your loved one may not display all of these symptoms but if you should ever hear the terms Amnesia, Aphasia, Apraxia or Agnosia relevant to your loved one, now you’ll have a better understanding of what some of their issues are.

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