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Alzheimer: know the early warning signs

Early Symptoms:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
  • Trouble planning and problem solving.
  • Difficulty completing daily tasks at home.
  • Confusion, disorientation and getting lost in familiar places.
  • Problems moving around without assistance or performing self-care tasks.
  • Changes in vision.
  • Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that aren’t there) and delusions (believing things that are untrue).
  • Problems with speech and language.
  • Social withdrawal and lack of motivation.
  • Conditions that affect metabolism, such as a thyroid problem

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in the UK, as death rates for Alzheimer’s are increasing, unlike heart disease and cancer death rates that are on the decline.

Several researchers are conducting studies to understand whether education, diet, and environment play a role in developing Alzheimer’s disease. The treatment for the disease focuses on helping people maintain mental function, managing behavioral symptoms and slowing or delaying the symptoms, according to the CDC.