Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's, a fatal brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.
There are 10 warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's. Every individual may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor.
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Typical Age-related Memory Loss Compared to Alzheimer's
|Dementia & Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms||Typical Age-related Symptoms|
|Poor judgment and decision making||Making a bad decision once in a while|
|Inability to manage budget||Missing a monthly payment|
|Losing track of the date or season||Forgetting which day it is and remembering later|
|Difficulty having a conversation||Sometimes forgetting which word to use|
Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them
|Losing things from time to time|
Why Early Detection Matters
Signs of dementia should not be taken lightly. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for the future. If you or someone you know is experiencing early signs of Alzheimer's disease, please see a doctor. Alzheimer's is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
Get the maximum benefit from available treatments – You can explore treatments that may provide some relief of dementia symptoms and help you maintain a level of independence longer. You may also increase your chances of participating in clinical drug trials that help advance Alzheimer's disease research.
Have more time to plan for the future – A diagnosis of Alzheimer's allows you to take part in decisions about care, transportation, living options, financial and legal matters. You can also participate in building the right care team and social support network.
Help for you and your loved ones – Care, education and support services are available, making it easier for you and your family to live the best life possible with Alzheimer’s or dementia. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s doesn’t mean you stop taking part in life. Keep doing the things you enjoy. Maintain an active lifestyle. Whether you join the Walk to End Alzheimer’s or partake in activities with a support group, the Alzheimer’s Association offers resources to help you live a more active and fulfilling life.
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