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Sure Signs You May Already Have Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s Disease is a form of dementia that affects the memory and other cognitive abilities that can interrupt normal routines. The majority of people with Alzheimer’s are over 65, but it’s not a normal part of aging. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, "Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States. On average, a person with Alzheimer’s lives 4 to 8 years after diagnosis but can live as long as 20 years, depending on other factors." Eat This, Not That! Health talked with Dr. Santoshi Billakota , MD, an Adult Neurologist Epileptologist and Clinical Assistant Professor within the Department of Neurology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine who explained signs of Alzheimer’s and how it’s different from dementia. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these Sure Signs You’ve Already Had COVID . Mature doctor wearing uniform speaking at camera Dr. Billokata explains, "Dementia" is a term used to describe a wide range of medical conditions in which there is a decline in cognitive ability. These can be severe enough to impact daily life and independence. There are many different types of dementia, including vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, lewy body dementia, to name a few. Alzheimer’s accounts for up to 60-70% of all dementia cases." Memory Disorder Dr. Billakota says, "Early signs that suggest you might be suffering from dementia including Alzheimer’s are: Trouble with both short and long term memory: misplacing objects or forgetting significant life events.

Trouble with activities of daily living: cooking, cleaning, bathing, paying bills, grocery shopping

Getting lost in a familiar neighborhood: wandering or getting lost

Personality changes: becoming moody or withdrawn, angry or irritable. In severe cases, patients can become paranoid or even delusional.

Difficulty with sleeping

Trouble with planning or organizing

Trouble with performing at work or have difficulty in social situations

Difficulty communicating, reading, speaking or calculating.

Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.

Decreased or poor judgment"

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