The Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s: It’s NOT Just a Normal Part of Aging

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Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that impacts a person’s independence in everyday activities.  How can you tell if someone is “just aging” or if they have Alzheimer’s?  Here are 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease:

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  • Confusion with time or place
  • Trouble understanding visual images
  • Changes in mood and personality
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  • Decreased or poor judgement
  • Withdrawal from work/social activities

While there is no single cause of Alzheimer’s, risk factors include age, gender, family history, genetics, and lifestyle.  To talk to someone about risk factors for you or a loved one, schedule an appointment with a doctor.  To learn more about this disease that affects more than 6 million Americans, visit

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