How do I know if it’s Alzheimer’s?

As human beings it is natural to forget things as we age. In fact our brain cells begin deteriorating in our early twenties and our memory begins to fail us.

Although many people lump all memory loss under the umbrella of Alzheimer’s disease there are many different types of memory loss diseases. Parkinson’s and Huntington’s are just a couple of the other diseases that affect a person’s memory.

We all forget where we left our car keys from time to time. But it is the repetitive and continued loss of familiar things that should concern us. Some of the more obvious signs are difficulty finding the right words. Forgetting that a loved one has passed away and speaking of them as if they are still alive may be common. Short-term memory is quickly affected. You may ask them what they had for lunch the day before and they may not be able to tell you.

There is no method in existence today to prove 100% percent that a person has Alzheimer’s disease. You can only diagnose symptomatically. It is best to visit a neurologist when these signs are present as there are treatments that can substantially slow the disease process.

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