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Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

Is it normal to lose your keys, or is it a symptom of Alzheimer's? Does a person exhibit different symptoms at different stages of the disease? While each person with Alzheimer's is unique, there are some trademark symptoms that occur as the disease progresses.

Alzheimer's Disease and Word-Finding Difficulties
If your loved one has dementia, chances are high that word-finding difficulties are part of the symptoms he experiences. What causes word-finding difficulties, and how can you respond to them in a helpful way?

Tips on Spotting Dementia at Family Gatherings
Early diagnosis of dementia is key for treatment and planning, so if you're going to be spending time with your loved ones soon, take note of these signs that might indicate mild dementia.

Does Alzheimer's Disease Affect Your Ability to Walk?
Do the early stages of Alzheimer's disease only affect your memory, or are there also changes in your physical abilities such as walking? Learn more about some of the possible physical symptoms of dementia.

Why Do We Forget Things?
The causes of memory loss range from simply being distracted to Alzheimer's disease. Learn about the different reason we forget information.

Responding to and Treating Hallucinations in Dementia
Is your loved one or patient with Alzheimer's disease seeing or hearing things that aren't there? Learn how common this is, how to respond to it, and if medication is helpful in treating hallucinations in dementia.

Question: I Have Early Stage Alzheimer's and I Enjoy Reading.
A reader's recent question prompted this article since he was wondering how his diagnosis of dementia would impact his love of reading. Learn more about the affects of Alzheimer's on the ability to read.

What Is Orientation and How Is It Affected by Dementia?
Have you heard the phrase, "He's oriented times three"? What does that mean, and how is cognitive orientation assessed in dementia?

Does Alzheimer’s Disease Affect Physical Functioning?
With Alzheimer's disease, changes in memory, communication and behavior are what are usually highlighted. But how does it affect the body?

What to Do if Your Loved One Is Missing
If your loved one is confused and has wandered away, use these 11 tips to search for her.

Paranoia and Delusions in Alzheimer's Disease
What is paranoid and delusional behavior? If a loved one with Alzheimer's accuses you and becomes angry or suspicious, here are some suggestions on how to respond.

Capgras Syndrome in Lewy Body Dementia
Does your loved one with Lewy body dementia think you're an imposter at times? Learn more about Capgras syndrome and how to respond to it.

What Is Attention and How Is It Affected by Dementia?
What is attention, and how it is affected by Alzheimer's disease and other kinds of dementia? Can it be improved with medications?

Is It Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer's Disease?
How do you know whether it's mild cognitive impairment or just normal memory loss related to aging? What's the difference between Alzheimer's and MCI?

Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease
Understanding the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease can help you determine if you or a loved one may have the disease. Learn about the different stages of Alzheimer's and how they affect cognition, emotions, behavior and physical health.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Depression in Dementia
The symptoms of depression and dementia overlap, so how do you know when someone with dementia is also depressed? If you see these symptoms in yourself or someone you love, it's time to consult with a professional.

Causes of Falls in People with Dementia
If we can identify what causes or contributes to falls in Alzheimer's and other kinds of dementia, we can work to more effectively prevent falls.

What Is Executive Functioning and How Is It Affected by Alzheimer's?
Learn what the term "executive functioning" really means and how it's affected by Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.

Poor Judgment and Alzheimer's Disease
Wondering what "poor judgment" as a sign of Alzheimer's disease really means? Review these examples of how poor judgment may be displayed in a loved one with Alzheimer's.

Short-Term Memory
We often hear the phrase "short-term memory", but what does it really mean? How is it affected by Alzheimer's disease? Also, learn what other factors influence your short-term memory.

What Is Working Memory and How Is It Affected by Alzheimer's?
What is our working memory? How is it different from the short-term and long-term memories, and how is it affected by Alzheimer's disease?

Sensory Memory
There are several different types of memory, and one kind is called sensory memory. What do we mean by "sensory memory"? Is it affected by Alzheimer's disease?

Long-Term Memory: How Is It Affected by Alzheimer's Disease?
What is the long-term memory, and how Alzheimer's disease affects its functioning? What's the best way to respond to memory loss in others?

4 Types of Memory: Sensory, Short-Term, Working & Long-Term
Are you confused about sensory, short-term, working, and long-term memory? Learn about these 4 types of memory and how they are impacted by Alzheimer's disease.

What are the Possible Causes of Hallucinations in Alzheimer's Disease?
Alzheimer's hallucinations can occur in any of the five senses, although visual and auditory hallucinations are the most common. In addition to the underlying dementia, causes may include other psychiatric illnesses, medications, infections and other medical problems, and even sensory deprivation or overstimulation.

Is It Forgetfulness or Alzheimer's?
This article distinguishes between forgetfulness from normal aging and memory loss that may indicate early Alzheimer's.

The Truth Behind Senior Moments
If you've ever experienced senior moments -- a nonmedical term for mental glitches -- you're not alone. Over time, the brain often experiences some normal age-related memory loss, which can lead to a variety of senior moments. Learn what causes senior moments, how they differ from Alzheimer's disease and how to manage senior moments, so that they become only occasional annoyances.

Symptoms of Alzheimer's
Although each person with Alzheimer’s is different, most individuals advance through a series of stages characterized by progressively more serious symptoms. Seven stages developed by researchers and physicians describe how a person’s functioning changes over time, from a normally functioning adult to someone with severe, advanced Alzheimer’s disease.

What Is Mild Cognitive Impairment?
Years ago, memory loss was considered to simply be an inevitable part of aging. Today, however, we know that memory loss once considered normal now may be an early sign of disease, or mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Learn more about mild cognitive impairment and memory loss in aging adults.

Early Indicators of Alzheimer's Disease
Before a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, people often notice early indicators -- either about themselves or about a relative -- that signal possible Alzheimer's. Be aware of the 10 classic warning signs first identified by the Alzheimer's Association.

Early-Onset Alzheimer's: Signs, Symptoms, and Diagnosis
About 5% of those with Alzheimer's disease have early-onset Alzheimer's, which affects people younger than age 65. Learn about the signs, symptoms, and diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

How Does Alzheimer's Disease Affect Communication?
People with Alzheimer’s lose particular communication abilities during the early, middle, and late stages of the disease. Learn what to expect and what kinds of communication challenges can occur during each stage of Alzheimer's.

Personality Changes in Alzheimer's
Your loving mother's personality appears to have dramatically changed in the last few months. Does she have dementia, and how do you cope with this challenge?

What Is Semantic Memory?
Semantic memory is an important part of our communication and language abilities. Learn how different kinds of dementia affect semantic memory.

Alzheimer's Disease and Sexuality
Alzheimer's disease can cause inappropriate behavior with sexual overtones (undressing in public) as well as take a toll on physical intimacy, especially when the afflicted partner can no longer give meaningful consent. Learn what sexuality changes to expect in relation to Alzheimer's disease and how to cope with them.

Alzheimer's Disease and Anxiety
Alzheimer's disease causes many problems, including anxiety. This feeling of uneasiness, fear, and apprehension can increase distress for both individuals with Alzheimer's and their caregivers, but a number of pharmaceutical and behavioral strategies can help.

Sleep Disturbance in Alzheimer's Disease
It is estimated that up to 70% of people with Alzheimer's disease will experience disruption of nighttime sleep. Practitioners recommend a variety of coping mechanisms for sleep disorders, ranging from medication to changes in daily routines. Learn how to manage sleep disturbance in Alzheimer's disease.

Symptoms of Late-Stage Alzheimer's Disease
In late-stage Alzheimer's, the disease finally begins to considerably affect parts of the brain that control bodily systems such as motor coordination, bowel and bladder function, and even breathing. Learn about the symptoms of late-stage Alzheimer's disease.

Cam Dementia Cause People to Lose Their Inhibitions?
Have you noticed that sometimes people with Alzheimer's disease do surprising things? Here's one reason.

What is sundowning and how do I deal with it?
Sundowning refers to a variety of difficult behaviors in dementia that tend to occur at a regular time each day, usually in the early evening. This article addresses how to deal with sundowning, preferably without medication but sometimes with medication.

Elopement
Elopement is a dangerous outcome of wandering that occurs often in people with dementia who reside in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Perseveration
What is perseveration and how does it differ from repetitive verbalization

Forgetfulness: It's Not Always What You Think
While there are many reasons we become forgetful at times, we often fear that a forgetful episode signals Alzheimer's. The National Institute on Aging reminds us that forgetfulness could be due to several other factors under our control.

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