Alzheimer's disease symptoms

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Q:

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease?


A:

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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