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  1. 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

  2. Memory Problems: Tips for Helping the Person With Daily Tasks - Topic Overview

    The following suggestions may help you develop a plan to help a family member who has an ongoing problem with memory,problem solving,judgment,or the ability to handle daily tasks. These suggestions are basic and do not include all the information you will need to care for your family member. Your doctor may have other suggestions to add to your plan. Establish a simple daily routine. Set ...

  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. Alzheimer's Disease - Symptoms

    Learn about Alzheimer's disease and symptoms like memory problems.

  5. Alzheimer's Disease - Medications

    At this time, there are no medications that can prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease or that will restore normal mental abilities. Medication may help some people function better by temporarily reducing memory loss and thinking problems.

  6. Alzheimer's Disease - Cause

    Alzheimer's disease causes changes or deterioration in certain areas of the brain that control thinking, communication, and behavior.

  7. Alzheimer's Disease - What Happens

    Learn what brain changes lead to Alzheimer's disease.

  8. Alzheimer's Disease - What Increases Your Risk

    Learn about Alzheimer's disease and the risks.

  9. 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 ...

  10. Memantine for Alzheimer's Disease

    Drug details for Memantine for Alzheimer's disease.

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