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Common Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

Symptoms of this condition can include:
  • Memory loss
  • Language deterioration
  • Impaired ability to interpret visual information
  • Poor judgment
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Mood swings.
Eventually, Alzheimer's destroys the person's thinking process, personality, and ability to function.
It is important to note that the early signs of this disease, which include forgetfulness and loss of concentration, are often missed because they resemble natural signs of aging.
(Click Symptoms of Alzheimer's for more information.)

Who Does It Affect?

Scientists think that up to 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's. The disease usually begins after age 60, and the risk of developing it increases with age. While younger people may also get Alzheimer's, this is much less common. Approximately 5 percent of men and women ages 65 to 74 have the disease, and nearly half of those who are 85 years of age and older may have it. However, it is important to note that Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging.

The Progression of Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's is a slow disease that starts with mild memory problems and ends with severe brain damage. The course the disease takes and the progression of its symptoms varies from person to person. On average, people with Alzheimer's live for about 8 to 10 years after they are diagnosed, though the disease can last for as many as 20 years.
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