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Still, there are differences between typical memory loss and early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Here are a few guidelines that can help you tell the difference between the two.
The National Institutes on Aging (NIA), reveals some of the early signs of Alzheimer’s include:
While the above can happen to most people now and then, you should see a doctor if anything in this list is happening often.
A checkup for memory loss covers several areas. Your doctor may:
As there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, doctors may focus on managing the disease through medications, mental and physical activities, even support groups.
Often makes poor decisions
Makes poor decisions once in a while
Difficulty handling monthly bills
Occasionally forgets a payment
Loses track of the day or time of year
Forgets which day it is, but remembers later
Trouble holding a conversation
Sometimes forgets which word to use
Frequently loses items or puts them in odd locations
Loses items from time to time
If you’re having trouble with your memory, consider trying some – or all – of the following activities:
Problems with memory can have a variety of causes. Medication side effects, vitamin B12 deficiency, tumors, infections and blood clots in the brain are just some of the culprits. If you are concerned about memory loss, reach out to your doctor. And if you haven’t had your annual wellness exam, that may be a good place to start.
Originally published 1/16/2017; Revised 2019, 2021
My husband was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s and early stage Huntington's disease. He is aware of what is going on some of the time but he refuses to bathe or do any of the things the doctors tell him. He could hardly get around because all he does is sit in front of the TV all day. He refuses to go for a walk or to a senior center and he refuses to bathe. I was beside myself as we cannot go anywhere when he is dirty and stinks. I didn’t know what to do, I could not physically overpower him and make him do things and when I ask him he tells me I am not his boss. There has been little if any progress in finding a reliable treatment.
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