The purpose of this list is to alert the public to the early warning signs
of one of the most devastating disorders affecting older people - Alzheimer's
disease. If someone has several or even most of these symptoms, it does not
mean they definitely have the disease. It does mean they should be thoroughly
examined by a medical specialist trained in evaluating memory disorders, such
as a neurologist or a psychiatrist, or by a comprehensive memory disorder
clinic, with an entire team of expert knowledge about memory problems.
In Alzheimer’s disease, nerve cells in the brain die gradually. This makes it increasingly difficult for your brain’s signals to be sent properly.
Alzheimer’s disease symptoms may be hard to recognize at first. You may assume that symptoms such as mild forgetfulness or an occasional loss of focus are normal signs of aging. But as the disease progresses, Alzheimer’s disease symptoms become more than “normal” changes. They become frightening, incapacitating, and dangerous. In the latter stages of...