What does alzeimers do to you?

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Alzheimer's disease (some times referred to as AD), is a form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behavior.

Problems with memory, as well as problems with language, decision-making ability, judgment, and personality, are necessary symptoms to form a diagnosis.

The only way to know for certain that someone has Alzheimer's is to examine a sample of their brain tissue after death, which is why the diagnosis is made based on a list of features the patient has.

Some of these symptoms include:

Dementia which may effect:

  • Language
  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Emotional behavior or personality
  • Cognitive skills (such as calculation, abstract thinking, or judgment)

Dementia usually first appears as forgetfulness.

Some physical symptoms that may or may not occur with AD are:

Other symptoms that may occur with AD:

  • Incontinence
  • Swallowing problems

Currently, there is no treatment for AD, though there are medications and therapies that can help to ease some of the symptoms.

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Can alcohol cause alzeimers?

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