Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer's, a fatal brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's. Every individual may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees. If you notice any of them, please see a doctor.
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If you notice any of the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's in yourself or someone you know, do not ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.
Early detection gives you a chance to seek treatment.
- You have time to ask questions, learn about the illness and changes that may be part of the disease process.
- You can explore treatments that may provide some relief of symptoms and maintain independence longer.
- You can participate in clinical research that may improve cognitive function.
A diagnosis of Alzheimer's allows you to make future plans.
- You can make decisions about your care, transportation, living options, financial and legal matters and share those decisions with your family.
- You can build the right care team of health care providers, family and friends to help.
- A diagnosis alerts you to be thinking about safety: continually monitoring your living arrangement, driving, cooking and taking medications.
You have time to learn about help that is available for you and your family.
- Care and support services are available, making it easier for you to live the best life possible with Alzheimer’s. The Alzheimer's Association 24/7 Helpline provides information and support to people with memory loss, caregivers, health care professionals and the public. Call toll-free anytime day or night at 1-800-272-3900.