Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland 2013 Vol. 1 - page 10

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Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. It
is a progressive form of dementia that affects 5.4 mil-
lion people and is the sixth leading cause of death in the
U.S. Knowing the early signs of Alzheimer’s leads to bet-
ter understanding of the disease and can ease fears.
Your memory often changes as you grow older. But
memory loss that disrupts your daily life is not a typi-
cal part of aging. It may be a symptom of dementia.
Dementia is a slow decline in memory, thinking and
reasoning skills. Alzheimer’s is the most common form
of dementia, a fatal disorder that results in the loss of
brain cells and function.
But not all signs of memory loss point to Alzheimer’s.
It’s important to know what is and what is not normal
aging. Below is a list of warning signs along with ex-
amples of typical aging. If you notice any of the warning
signs in yourself or family members, a visit to the doctor
is recommended. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to
seek treatment and empowers you and your family to
plan for your future.
Alzheimer’s Association
Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is
memory loss, especially forgetting recently learned in-
formation. Others include forgetting important dates or
events; asking for the same information over and over;
relying on memory aides (e.g., reminder notes or elec-
tronic devices) or family members for things they used
to handle on one’s own.
Is it Alzheimer’s?
Know the Signs
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