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What Are The Symptoms Of Alzheimer's S Disease
Alzheimer's disease is a progressively worsening brain disorder that affects memory. Symptoms usually begin with increasing forgetfulness and confusion and can progress to the inability to complete simple daily tasks. The cause of Alzheimer's is still generally unknown. Most patients with Alzheimer's usually become ...Read more
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 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
Yes, they can be: Alzheimer's impairs a person's ability to recall, comprehend and explain things. Itcauses people to forget how to do simple tasks they used to do easily before; causes them to get lost easily and not recognize people who seem to know them well; disrupts sleep, and occasionally makes people have hallucinations and feel like people are stealing things from them. This can lead to frustration/anger. ...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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