Alzheimer Disease (cont.)
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Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms
Alzheimer's disease begins with a mild, slowly worsening memory loss. Many older people fear that they have Alzheimer's disease because they can't find their eyeglasses or remember someone's name.
Early warning signs of Alzheimer's disease include memory problems such as the following:
As the disease progresses, however, the symptoms become more serious. They may include the following:
In the later stages of the disease, the symptoms are severe and devastating:
These symptoms typically develop over a period of years. The disease progresses at different rates in different people.
Emotional problems such as depression and anxiety are common in older people. These problems can leave elderly people feeling confused or forgetful. Because these emotional problems are reversible in many people, it is important that they be distinguished from Alzheimer's disease and other brain disorders.
When to Seek Medical Care
Some slowing of thinking processes is normal in aging. However, any change in thinking, memory, reasoning, attention, grooming, behavior, or personality that interferes with the person's ability to take care of himself or herself, maintain health and safety, or participate in activities that he or she enjoys warrants a visit to the person's health care provider.
An early diagnosis allows treatment to begin earlier in the disease, when it has the best chance of offering significant symptom relief. Early diagnosis also allows the affected person to plan activities and make arrangements for care while he or she can still take part in making the decisions.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/1/2014
Rodrigo O Kuljis, MD
Nestor Galvez-Jimenez, MD
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Helmi L Lutsep, MD
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