Alzheimer’s Disease Is Much More Than Mere Forgetfulness

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by Wendy Henderson |

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It’s totally normal to forget things from time to time, particularly as you get older, but Alzheimer’s disease is much more than forgetting someone’s birthday or where you put your keys.

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According to an article in the L.A. Times, one of the signs to watch out for is losing the ability to do everyday tasks. A math whiz suddenly having trouble with simple equations or an accomplished baker struggling to follow recipes could both point to dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

In addition to losing skills, a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia may also have difficulty learning something new and may ask the same questions over and over.

When it comes to memory, the odd bout of forgetfulness is fine but not being able to recall recent conversations, the date or what day of the week it is could all be signs of dementia. Other warning signs include forgetting their way to destinations they know well, inability to keep up with a conversation, neglecting personal hygiene, forgetting to eat, forgetting to pay bills or losing money, and losing interest in their usual hobbies and social activities.

If you notice that you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible.

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