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    Medical Reference Related to Alzheimers

    1. Dementia - Prevention

      Dementia is difficult to prevent because what causes it often is not known. However, people who have vascular dementia may be able to prevent future declines by lowering their risk of heart disease and stroke.

    2. Alzheimer's Disease - What Increases Your Risk

      Learn about Alzheimer's disease and the risks.

    3. Alzheimer's Disease - Topic Overview

      Certain problems can be warning signs of dementia. Talk to a doctor if you, a friend, or a family member has been having increased difficulty with any of the following activities: Learning and retaining new information (forgetting recent events and appointments or frequently misplacing objects)Handling complex tasks, like balancing a checkbookKnowing what to do when problems come up (such as knowing what to do if the bathroom is flooded) and using good judgment (for example, showing a new disregard for the rules of social conduct and doing or saying things that are inappropriate)Finding his or her way around familiar places, driving to and from places he or she knows well (for example, getting lost when walking or driving from the house to the store a few blocks away)Finding the right words to say what he or she wants to sayUnderstanding and responding to what he or she sees and hearsActing more irritable or suspicious than usual, or withdrawing from conversation and activityA person

    4. Dementia - Exams and Tests

      Doctors diagnose the cause of dementia by asking questions about the person's medical history and doing a physical exam, a mental status exam, and lab and imaging tests. Tests can help the doctor learn whether dementia is caused by a treatable condition.

    5. The Basics of Advance Directives

      WebMD answers basic questions about how a patient can control end-of-life decisions with advanced directives, living wills, and durable power of attorney for health care.

    6. 10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Alzheimer's Disease

      If you or someone you love has just been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, you may want to ask your doctor these questions.

    7. Alzheimer's Disease and Nursing Home Care

      WebMD guides you in your search for the best nursing home for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease.

    8. Where to Find Alzheimer's Resources

      WebMD offers helpful resources related to Alzheimer's disease.

    9. Where to Find Support for Alzheimer’s

      WebMD helps you sort through mental health counseling and support options if you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

    10. Research in Alzheimer's Disease

      Researchers continue looking in to the risk factors - and potential treatments - of Alzheimer's disease.

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