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What Alzheimer's Does:

Symptoms and Effects


Risk Factors

Living with Alzheimer's

Caring for Family

Useful Resources



Early On: Warning Signs

  • Memory loss is the most common sign of Alzheimer's, especially recently learned items.
  • It also becomes hard to participate or perform simple everyday tasks, like cooking or washing clothes.
  • It becomes hard for a person to carry on a conversation. They may have trouble thinking of the right word to use or use wrong or unusual words.
  • It is also common for a person to become very inactive and not want to participate in any social or business events.
  • A person might also show sudden changes in their personality. It is important that depression is ruled out when diagnosing Alzheimer's.

As it Develops: Side Effects

  • Depression symptoms like helplessness and hopelessness.
  • Suspicion and paranoia
  • Delusions and visual hallucinations.
  • Extreme forgetfulness about surroundings and how they might have gotten to a certain place.
  • Early, middle and late stages are defined to monitor the disease's progress. The farther along the disease gets, the more memory and normal functions of the brain are lost.
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