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    1. Alzheimer's Disease - When To Call a Doctor

      Learn how Alzheimer's disease develops and when it's time to call a doctor.

    2. Alzheimer's Disease - Topic Overview

      Research into ways to test DNA (genes) to see if a person is likely to develop Alzheimer's disease is progressing rapidly. People who have a gene for apolipoprotein E-4 (ApoE-4) may be more likely to develop the disease,but the presence of the gene cannot predict for sure whether a person will develop Alzheimer's disease. Many people who have the ApoE-4 gene do not get Alzheimer's disease,and ...

    3. Alzheimer's Disease - Topic Overview

      Taking care of a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease or another dementia can be a difficult, stressful, and tiring job. It affects the caregiver's health and ability to rest and can be a source of stress and conflict for the entire household.The demands of caring for a person who has dementia may cut off caregivers from friends, leisure activities, and other responsibilities. For a caregiver who has health problems, the physical and emotional strain of caregiving can make those problems worse. Fatigue, depression, and sleep problems commonly develop, and caregivers often carry an added emotional burden of feeling worried, guilty, and angry about taking care of the person.If you are a caregiver, you can benefit by learning as much as you can and taking care of yourself.Educate yourself Learn all you can about the type of dementia your loved one has and what the future may bring. Organizations such as the Alzheimer's Association and the Family Caregiver Alliance can provide

    4. Alzheimer's Disease - 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 ...

    5. Dementia - Exams and Tests

      Alzheimer's disease is diagnosed after other conditions are ruled out. If you are suffering from a decline in mental abilities (dementia), your health professional will attempt to find out if another treatable condition may be causing those symptoms.

    6. Alzheimer's Disease - Symptoms

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

    7. Alzheimer's Disease - What Happens

      Learn what brain changes lead to Alzheimer's disease.

    8. 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

    9. Alzheimer's Disease - 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.

    10. Alzheimer's Disease - Health Tools

      This health tool will help you make wise health decisions or take action regarding dementia.

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