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“Where’s Dad?” Panic sets in when you realize your loved one with Alzheimer’s disease has wandered off alone. Dealing with a loved one with this dreaded disease can be very challenging at times, if not downright terrifying.
The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that approximately 5.3 million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. With so many Americans currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, it is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, killing an estimated 500,000 people each year. However, many of these patients are not diagnosed until the symptoms of the disease have already become apparent.
Memory lapses may sometime signal Alzheimer’s disease. When memory slips get more intense, it could indicate Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association compares Alzheimer’s and normal aging. For example, an Alzheimer’s patient loses track of the date and time of year as opposed to forgetting the day and remembering it later. Someone with Alzheimer’s cannot handle monthly bills while a normal senior might miss a monthly payment. Fortunately, scientists keep fine tuning their understanding of normal memory loss and the alarm bells regarding which type of dementia may be present.
Here is a quick guide to the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s: