Alzheimer's disease is a condition characterized by a decline in mental status that causes a person to have trouble carrying out the daily tasks of living, such as managing money or taking care of oneself. In its early stages, the symptoms may be attributed to normal aging, and can include:
- Mild forgetfulness
- Trouble remembering recent events, activities, or the names of familiar people or things
- An inability to solve simple math problems.
As the condition progresses, however, it can cause problems with speaking, understanding, reading, or writing, as well as becoming anxious or aggressive or wandering away from home.
There is currently no cure for Alzheimer's, so treatment is focused on managing symptoms for as long as possible and preventing them from becoming worse.
(For more information on this condition, click Alzheimer's. This article takes an in-depth look at this condition, including additional symptoms, associated complications, how it is diagnosed, and more.)