June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning. It can be difficult to tell the different between normal, age-related memory changes and changes that may indicate possible Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Below are the 10 warning signs for Alzheimer’s according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life. This is the most commonly known sign of Alzheimer’s, especially in its early stages. Typically this appears as forgetting recently-learned information, forgetting important dates or events, asking the same questions repeatedly, and increasing reliance on memory aids (notes, electronic reminders, etc.) or family for things individuals previously handled on their own. It’s common for older adults to sometimes forget names or appointments but remember them later. When individuals are not able to eventually recall things or forget things that are out of character for them to forget, that’s when it starts to become a concern.
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