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loss of memory and other thinking abilities, especially short-term
memory, is the most common early symptom of this disease, although
people with the disease may also have difficulty waking, become
depressed, and have other emotional problems. Many people with
Alzheimers disease eventually become dependent on others
for help in performing even the most basic activities required
for daily living such as bathing, getting around inside the home,
and preparing meals.
disease is a disorder marked by a gradual decline in brain function
that gets worse with time. Some persons develop this condition
when they are as young as 40 years of age. However, the disease
is most common in persons over the age of 65, and it is estimated
that approximately 10 percent of persons over 65 years of age
may have Alzheimer's disease and that in persons over the age
of 85, up to 50 percent may be affected.
time, changes that take place in the brain of a person with Alzheimer's
disease can cause them to exhibit unusual physical and emotional
behavior. For example, a person with Alzheimer's disease may show
signs of agitation, aggression, or impulsive behavior, which can
be difficult for family and friends to become accustomed to. It's
important to remember that people with Alzheimer's disease may
not be in control of their behavior, which may be frustrating
for them, and will result in total dependency for even the simplest
ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE SYMPTOMS
Loss of recent memory: The person may forget that he or
she just had breakfast or has left something cooking on the stove,
or may check and recheck that the bed has been made. However,
recall of events from the distant past is often unaffected.
Loss of a sense of time and place: The person may become
more and more confused about what day it is, or forget the route
to well-known places. Eventually cannot follow directions, and
get lost easily even by going to familiar places.
Language problems: The person cannot find the right word
or name for a familiar person, place or object. This is not the
same as taking longer to recall a word. The individual has difficulty
understanding what is being said, and in turn expressing him/her
Problems with keeping track of things: A person with Alzheimers
disease may find it difficult to follow a conversation or keep
up with paying their bills.
Decline in activities of daily living: The person may exhibit
an unexplained loss of activities of daily
living. What once was an easy task for the person may now be difficult.
He/she is unable to learn new things, and its difficult
for them to make decisions.
Personality changes: These may be so slight that, at first,
they are difficult to notice. Some people become more quiet and
withdrawn. In other cases, they may become more and more restless.
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