Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common type of dementia. Dementia occurs
as a result of changes in the brain that affect a person’s ability to think and
remember. It can become severe enough to affect daily activities.
Alzheimer's Disease is not a normal part of aging. No one knows what
causes Alzheimer’s Disease, but much research is being done. You may be
more at risk if you had a family member with the disease.
The signs start slowly and can vary or worsen over time. A person cannot
control the signs. Treatment can help, but it does not cure the disease.
Signs may include:
• Memory loss, especially about recent events
• Confusion about time and place
• Poor judgement
• Trouble learning new information
• Changes in being able to do such things as drive, handle money, take
medicine, cook, dress, and bathe
There is no test for Alzheimer’s Disease. The doctor will:
• Use tests to eliminate other causes of memory loss and confusion
• Look at the pattern of memory loss and the person’s awareness of the
• Get a list of medicines and information from the family
• Do a physical exam
• Check the person’s mental status by asking memory and thinking