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Alzheimer's Disease has no single known cause. Scientists believe that damage to the brain begins years before the symptoms of the disease appear. Since Alzheimer's Disease progresses in stages it's important to note the initial changes that affect some aspects of daily life of the loved one with the disease.

Changes in Day to Day Activities: In order to stay connected with a person developing Alzheimer's Disease, performing daily routine activities help the person feel that they are still able to go about their day as normal.

Changes in Ability to Communicate: Alzheimer's Disease does not change the person's desire or need to communicate, it just changes the way they communicate. They may have a hard time understanding written words or following a conversation. This can lead to frustration or embarrassment. Communication with gestures such as a nod, hug or a smile is very effective. These physical gestures can help them stay more connected with the family or others in their life.

Changes in Behavior: A person with Alzheimer's Disease may often act different than normal and these behavior changes are unpredictable. Aggressive behaviors such as shouting or name calling may occur suddenly with no reason. A person with the disease may tend to feel anxious or agitated, causing them to pace or move around. Repetition of activities or words are also very common. In most cases, they are looking for security and are performing a familiar task.




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