According to the Alzheimer’s Association in 2018, 5.7 million Americans are living with AD. By 2050 that number is expected to rise to 14 million. “AD” Alzheimer’s Dementia in Seniors was first described in 1906, but it was not recognized as a common cause of dementia till 70 years later. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define “AD” Alzheimer’s Dementia in Seniors “as a progressive disease beginning with mild memory loss possibly leading to loss of the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to the environment.” Age is the best known risk factor for AD, at this time.
10 Signs and Symptoms of “AD” Alzheimer’s Dementia in Seniors
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, or work or at leisure
- Confusion with time and place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgement
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood or personality
If you notice these signs, schedule an appointment with your doctor. Remember, Dementia is NOT a normal part of the aging process.
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