The most common symptoms include problems with memory, language, problem-solving, and other thinking skills. These symptoms can affect a person’s ability to do everyday activities.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, but not everyone with dementia has Alzheimer’s disease. There are also other forms of dementia, including Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia, vascular dementia, and mixed dementia.
MCI is when a person has minor problems with memory and thinking, but most of their daily activities are not affected. MCI may be caused by Alzheimer's, but there can be several causes aside from Alzheimer's, so it's important to get evaluated by a doctor.
The earliest symptoms of Alzheimer’s may appear as MCI. These symptoms may be mild or may be difficult to distinguish from the signs of normal aging. That's why it's important to voice your concerns to a doctor if the symptoms begin affecting you or your loved one’s daily activities.
It can take 20 years or more after brain changes have already happened for Alzheimer’s symptoms to appear. That’s why it’s important to talk about brain health and changes in memory and thinking that affect your or your loved one's day-to-day activities during annual wellness visits.
Alzheimer's symptoms are caused when certain nerve cells called “neurons” no longer work properly. There are two proteins associated with brain changes in Alzheimer’s: beta-amyloid and tau.
As Alzheimer’s worsens over time, other neurons can’t function properly. The first signs may be memory problems that disrupt work, life, and social activities. The neurons that allow a person to do basic things like walking and swallowing can eventually be affected. As symptoms progress, people with Alzheimer’s disease may need full-time care.
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