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Is It Memory Loss or Alzheimer’s Disease?
Do you often lose your keys? Tend to forget people’s names easily? It can be disturbing when we experience lapses in memory. But does it signal a real problem?
A Snapshot of Alzheimer’s Symptoms
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia—a term that describes changes in the brain that cause problems with thinking, reasoning and functioning. Although memory loss that interferes with daily life is one sign of the disease, there are other symptoms to watch for, too. Some include:
Focusing on Treatment
If you recognize any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor. Although there is no single clinical test to diagnose Alzheimer’s, your doctor will provide a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose the disease, which may include a physical exam, mental status assessments, blood and urine tests, imaging tests, and more.
If you have questions about the medications prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease, talk to your Rite Aid Pharmacist.
“10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's.” Alzheimer’s Association, 2013.www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp.
“About Alzheimer's Disease: Symptoms.” National Institute on Aging. Accessed May 25, 2013. www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/topics/symptoms.
“Diagnosing Alzheimer’s.” Alzheimer’s Association. Accessed May 28, 2013. www.alz.org/professionals_and_researchers_diagnosing_alzheimers.asp.
“Forgetfulness: Knowing When To Ask For Help.” National Institute on Aging. Updated April 30, 2013. www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/forgetfulness-knowing-when-ask-help.
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