Symptoms Of Alzheimer's Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time. Alzheimer 's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for memory loss. Alzheimer 's disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s disease attacks the brain’s nerve cells, causing memory loss. Alzheimer’s is one of the top leading causes of death in the United States.

Named after Dr. Alois Alzheimer, Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disorder that attacks the brain’s nerve cells, resulting in memory loss, and changes in behavior. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, loss of intellectual function, of people sixty five, and older. Alzheimer’s is ranked as the sixth leading
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Intellectual function, personality and mood are affected by Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s also affects the digestive system and the neuromuscular system. In the digestive system, there are swallowing difficulties, impaired sense of smell, and bowel control can be a problem. In the neuromuscular system patients lose the ability to use their muscles; they lose the ability to walk, and loose ability to maintain posture. Patients are completely dependent on another person to take care of them. People with Alzheimer’s disease do not recognize loved ones, and loose capacity to interact with the environment. Signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease include: memory loss, confusion with time and place, challenges in solving problems, changes in mood and personality, misplacing things and loosing ability to retrace steps, and poor judgement. With Alzheimer’s patients have to have someone there with them all day long to help them complete simple daily tasks like brushing their teeth, and helping them shower. With Alzheimer’s disease, accidental injuries are more

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