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.
Alzheimer's disease or Alzheimer's-type dementia is a progressive degeneration of brain tissue that primarily strikes people over age 65. It is the most common cause of dementia and is marked by a devastating mental decline. Intellectual functions such as memory, comprehension, and speech deteriorate.
Memory impairment is an essential feature of Alzheimer’s disease and is often the first sign. Recent memory is lost first. As time goes on, attention tends to stray, simple calculations...