Alzheimer's starts slowing and gets worse over time. Sufferers may not recognize family members and have trouble speaking, reading, or writing. Eventually, they may become aggressive, or wander away from home. Ultimately, complete care will be needed.

Unfortunately there currently is no treatment to stop or reverse the disease. There are, however, some drugs that may help keep symptoms from getting worse for a time. Some risk factors for brain health cannot be controlled or prevented, like your age or genetics. Other risk factors, like healthy choices, are under your control. For example, you can get physically active, learn new things, or connect with your family, friends.

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Signs and Symptoms

Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's or another dementia. There are warning signs and symptoms; if you notice any of them, please contact your doctor.

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Living with Alzheimer's Disease

Things you once did easily will become increasingly difficult, such as maintaining a schedule or managing money. You may already be aware of changes in your ability to complete daily tasks that once came naturally to you. Accepting changes in your abilities and adapting new coping skills can help you restore balance to your life.

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About Dementia

When diagnosing dementia doctors first assess whether a patient has an underlying treatable condition such as depression, abnormal thyroid function, normal pressure hydrocephalus, or vitamin deficiency. Early diagnosis is important, some symptoms can be treated. In most cases, the specific type of dementia cannot be confirmed until after the patient has died and the brain can be examined.

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