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Alzheimer Disease (cont.)

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.

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