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Norman L. Foster, MD

Director, Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research

Professor, Department of Neurology

Chief, Division of Cognitive Neurology

University of Utah School of Medicine

Senior Investigator, The Brain Institute at the University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

Dr. Norman Foster has specialized in brain imaging and dementing and neurodegenerative diseases for over 30 years. He joined the University of Utah in 2005 as Professor of Neurology, Director of the Center for Alzheimer's Care, Imaging and Research, and Senior Investigator at the Brain Institute. He has since been named Chief of the Division of Cognitive Neurology.

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Alzheimer's disease symptoms

Alzheimer's Disease


What are the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?


The Alzheimer's Association has created a list of 10 warning signs that could signal the potential for the disease. If you or a loved one experiences any of these symptoms, contact a health care professional for an evaluation. The warning signs include:

  • memory loss that is significant
  • difficulty performing everyday simple tasks
  • problems with language and communication
  • disorientation of time and place
  • poor or impaired judgment
  • challenges with planning and problem-solving
  • misplacing things beyond normal forgetfulness
  • changes in mood or behavior
  • personality changes
  • withdrawal from work or social activities

These are different from signs of the normal aging process which include benign forgetfulness, such as forgetting where you put your keys, or decreased motor skills, such as walking more slowly or having difficulty tying your shoes.

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