Alzheimer’s is a debilitating disease that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. It starts slowly then progresses over time. It can occur in individuals as young as 45 years of age but most often it occurs in individuals 65 years and older. There is no cure for Alzheimer's. Available treatments can slow progression and improve some of the symptoms.
What are Alzheimer's Signs?
The Alzheimer’s Association is raising awareness about Alzheimer's and its most common signs. Here are the 10 signs of Alzheimer's that we should all be familiar with so we can refer loved ones for appropriate treatment.
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
- Confusion with time or place: People with Alzheimer's can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing. People with Alzheimer's may have trouble following or joining a conversation.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. For example, placing things in strange places.
- Decreased or poor judgment. People with Alzheimer's may experience changes in judgment or decision-making, For example, handling finances.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities such as hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports.
- Changes in mood and personality. People with Alzheimer's can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious.
Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is an important step to getting appropriate treatment, care and support services. To find out more information on the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, visit the Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org/10signs
About The Alzheimer's Association
The mission of the Alzheimer's Association is to eliminate Alzheimer's through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. The Alzheimer's Association is the leading, global voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care and support, and the largest private, nonprofit funder of Alzheimer's research.
The Alzheimer’s Association has been recognized as the top large nonprofit to work for and number five in the top 50 nonprofits overall by The NonProfit Times, the leading information provider for the nonprofit sector.
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