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Alzheimers Disease Symptoms Category: Neurology: Alzheimer's, Dementia, Development by - July 26, 2016 | Views: 36455 | Likes: 0 | Comment: 0  

Alzheimers disease symptoms

Alzheimer's disease is the most well known type of dementia. When someone experiences recurrent episodes of memory loss, this typically raises concern about Alzheimer's disease, both for the person experiencing the memory loss and her friends, family and coworkers. There are several characteristic symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, including a number of cognitive symptoms and behavioral symptoms. If you or a loved one start to have any of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, it is important to have a medical evaluation to rule out Alzheimer’s disease or another medical problem.

Cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's disease 

Cognitive symptoms are symptoms that involve thinking skills, memory retention and problem solving abilities. 


Most people who have Alzheimer's begin to notice forgetfulness as one of the earliest symptoms of the disease. Short-term memory is more impaired in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, while long-term memory problems start to become a problem as the disease progresses. Short-term memory is the ability to remember new information, particularly information that you would intentionally learn for a purpose. An example of short-term memory could include something like memorizing your grandson's schedule so that you can take him to soccer practice when you babysit. An example of long-term memory could include knowing the ingredients in a favorite recipe or recalling a happy event that you enjoyed with a loved one. 

Word finding difficulties 

The ability to remember words and names of people, places or objects is impaired in early Alzheimer's disease. While many people have trouble remembering words, particularly names, throughout their lives, a person who has early Alzheimer's disease shows a significant worsening of this problem once the disease begins to have an impact. 

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Also Read: How To Prevent Alzheimers Disease


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