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What is Alzheimer's Disease?


The most important thing to remember about Alzheimer’s Disease is that even though there is no known cure, treatments for symptoms are available and improving even as you read this. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that causes problems with behavior, memory, and thinking skills. Symptoms normally develop slowly and get worse over time, eventually becoming severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily tasks.

 

The most common early sign of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering recently learned information. Our brains change as we age, and most people eventually notice some slowed thinking and occasional problems remembering certain things. Serious memory loss is signaled by more major changes in the way our minds work that may be a sign that brain cells are more severely damaged. Alzheimer’s typically begins in the part of the brain responsible for learning and as it advances it leads to disorientation, mood and behavior changes, increasing confusion about events, loss of time and place, unfounded suspicions about family, friends, and caregivers, more serious memory loss, and difficulty walking, speaking, and swallowing.

Signs of dementia might be more obvious to family members and friends. Instead of ignoring the signs, visit a doctor as soon as possible. Early diagnosis means that there will be more time to evaluate current memory problems, and access to more treatment options and sources of support.

 

 

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2112 Oak Street

Forest Grove, OR. 97116

The Grove & Gardens

2112 Oak Street, Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 359-1002