There are an estimated 5.8 million people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S.

Simply put, Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and irreversible loss of brain function, which occurs when an abnormal build-up of proteins and a loss of nerve cell connections occur in the brain. This results in a decline in critical mental functions, such as memory, language and motor skills. In severe cases, those suffering eventually lose the ability to carry out simple tasks and can no longer live independently.

The causes of Alzheimer’s are still being studied, but there is hope. Early detection is possible and early treatment can help to sustain normal function for some time.

The most common early sign of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss. Here are some other symptoms to look out for in your loved ones.

Common Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

  • Repeat statements and questions over and over
  • Forget conversations, appointments or events, and not remember them later
  • Routinely misplace possessions, often putting them in illogical locations
  • Get lost in familiar places
  • Eventually forget the names of family members and everyday objects
  • Have trouble finding the right words to identify objects, express thoughts or take part in conversations

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