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  1. Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia - Topic Overview

    Some people have memory loss but do not have dementia. They have what is known as mild cognitive impairment, a middle ground between normal aging and dementia. People with this condition are at risk for developing dementia; but not all people with mild cognitive impairment will progress to dementia.People with mild cognitive impairment often know that they have lost memory, and tests can confirm some loss. But they have normal overall mental functioning and can carry out normal activities of daily living.Doctors should evaluate people with memory loss, and those with mild cognitive impairment should be monitored because of their risk for developing dementia. Several studies are being done to see whether medicine can delay dementia in people who have mild cognitive impairment.

  2. Alzheimer's Disease - What Increases Your Risk

    Learn about Alzheimer's disease and the risks.

  3. Alzheimer's Disease - Prevention

    Researchers are studying the possibility that you may be able to reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease or delay the onset of the disease.

  4. Dementia - When To Call a Doctor

    Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if signs of a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) develop suddenly. These may include: Numbness, weakness, or inability to move the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body, vision proble

  5. Dementia: Testing How Well a Person Functions - Topic Overview

    A health professional may evaluate the day-to-day functioning of a person with Alzheimer's disease by asking questions and observing the person. This often is done informally during the medical history and physical exam. Sometimes the health professional may use a more formal functional status exam to evaluate a person's ability to perform daily activities. A functional status exam may also ...

  6. Warning Signs of Dementia - 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

  7. Alzheimer's Disease - Home Treatment

    Learn about Alzheimer's disease and what you might expect over time.

  8. Memory Problems: Issues With Driving - Health Tools

    Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Healthy Aging: Is It Time to Stop Driving?

  9. Alzheimer's Disease - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions with possible Alzheimer's disease.

  10. Memory Problems: Issues With Driving - Topic Overview

    Whether a person with Alzheimer's disease or another dementia should still be allowed to drive is a common dilemma faced by people with the disease and their caregivers. Taking away driving privileges may reduce the person's sense of independence and increase dependence on family and friends. But it is extremely important to prevent the person from driving when it is no longer safe. The ...

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