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Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. The first symptom is often difficulty in remembering newly learned information, because the disease affects the part of the brain involved in learning. As the disease advances, symptoms include disorientation and confusion, more serious memory loss, and changes in mood and behavior. Because the disease affects cognitive functioning, its onset may be more apparent to friends and family rather than to the patient. Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve the patient’s quality of life. Treatment includes medication to lessen the symptoms of memory loss and confusion. Emotional and behavioral problems can often be addressed through providing a calm, safe, and familiar environment.

For more information visit:
The Alzheimer’s Organization

 

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