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Alzheimer's Disease Signs And Symptoms
Can you please describe the body's responses to alzheimer's disease, linked with signs and symptoms?
No single symptom.: There's no single or consistent body response, sign or symptom connected with alzheimer's disease, which is one of the reasons that it is difficult to diagnose in the early stages. Out of everything, memory loss is probably the most common early complaint, but alzheimer's can encompass many other symptoms. You can look at www.Alz.Org for more info if you like. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prodromal Alzheimers: Mild cognitive dysfnctn or prodromal may present with mild memory loss, but also can begin 3-5 yrs prior with depression and behavioral change which seems impossible to explain. May also see deterioration in language and organizational skills, early on.. If you have concerns , see your doctor and get evaluation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends on stage: Most commonly, the first symptoms are short term memory loss in the form of repeating statements/questions, misplacing items, forgetting details of recent events. Mild changes in fluency and word finding difficulty are also common early on. Problems with judgment and problems solving, disorientation to surroundings, personality changes, or hallucinations and delusions occur in advanced stages. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Behavior and mood : Studies have documented changes in personality and depression starting 3-5 yrs prior to memory loss. The problem progresses to involve organizational skills, ability to do basic skills such as driving or balancing a checkbook, and need for increased help in basic activities. In older pts without good reasons for depression, alz disease may be starting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Early subtle: Sometimes, 3-4 yrs before memory loss, there is depression or behaviour changes, later recent memory loss, with difficulty doing normal activities of life. Driving gets incompetent, calculation errors abound, the patient loses orientation and ability to do daily hygiene, may be unable to feed himself, and later, behavioural problems including wandering, agitation and sleep reversals are issues. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Problems with memory: thinking, finding words, judgment, getting lost, handling money/paying bills, repeating questions, completing daily tasks, losing/misplacing things, mood, personality changes; Moderate: memory loss, confusion, problems recognizing family/friends, unable to learn new things/situations, carry out multi-step tasks (getting dressed), hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, impulsive behavior. ...Read more
Does anyone know someone with Alzheimer's disease that is getting benefit from medication to slow the symptoms?
Symptom control: Alzheimer's disease has no cure. Symptomatic control consists of slowing the deterioration clinically observed without affecting the underlying course of the disease. Medications such as Aricept (donepezil), Namenda (memantine), and others, are examples of helpful drugs providing symptomatic control. ...Read more
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