Ten Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s Disease
Early recognition and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is becoming increasingly important given an “explosion of information” of the memory-robbing disorder in recent years.
About 95% of patients with Alzheimer’s disease can be accurately diagnosed with the disease while they’re living. This is important as treatments are becoming available that seem to impact disease as far as cognitive function, standard of living and behavioral function go.
And while the disease is incurable, there are treatment options. The group issued a list of early warning signs of the disease, including:
|memory loss that affects job skills||language problems|
|difficulty performing familiar tasks||misplacing objects|
|changes in mood and behavior||poor judgment|
|disoriented as to time and place||personality changes|
|problems with abstract thinking||loss of initiative|
To better rule out other causes of memory loss or dementia, brain imaging, whether it is computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), is now recommended, according to the group.
Genetic testing, however, has not been found to be particularly useful and is not recommended. Some genes have been found to increase the risk of the disorder.
Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology May 8, 2001 Philadelphia, PA