Alzheimer's disease is a progressive, degenerative disorder that affects memory, thinking, and behavior. It is the most common cause of dementia in older adults.
Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease can include:
- Memory loss, particularly short-term memory loss
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks, such as cooking a meal or managing finances
- Difficulty understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- Difficulty with language, such as forgetting words or having trouble speaking or writing
- Disorientation in time and place, such as getting lost in familiar places
- Poor or decreased judgment
- Problems with abstract thinking
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Withdrawal from social activities and difficulty in maintaining relationships
It's important to note that some degree of forgetfulness is a normal part of aging, and not everyone who experiences memory loss will develop Alzheimer's disease. However, if you notice a significant decline in your mother's memory and cognitive abilities, it's important to consult with her doctor as soon as possible. A thorough evaluation including medical history, physical examination, cognitive assessment, and laboratory test can determine if your mother has Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.
It's also important to keep in mind that there are other conditions that can cause similar symptoms, such as depression, a vitamin deficiency, an infection, or a side effect of medication.
Last updated : 1/27/2023