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I know my memeory and daily task are increasily getting more misplaced. friends & family have noticed and i pretend i don't know at what point as i get worsei am not even aware anymore? or will i also be aware but have no contol to do different. so do i a

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Dr. Herbert Krob
Neurology 29 years experience
Many : Many people have a reasonable tendency to downplay health issues, especially when they are mild. When other people notice or when issues start to interfere with life are two good indicators that it is time to visit a physician. There are many causes of complaints of memory loss, not just alzheimer's disease, many of which can be treated. Early diagnosis and treatment is usually better than waiting for the problem to become critical. Knowing a diagnosis ahead of time can help people and their families prepare for the future.
Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
Alzheimer's : Alzheimer's disease is mainly a diseaes of the elderly. You have not told us your age, but if you are under 50 it is unlikely you have alzheimer's unless you have a family history of early-onset dementia. If you are, perhaps, 75, then the chances that memory loss and difficulties with daily tasks are due to alzheimer's increase. As stated earlier by another physician, there are many other causes which might cause memory loss and difficulties with daily tasks, and many of these are treatable, so you should see a neurologist or other physician for an evaluation of your difficulties.

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