The Earlier Stages of Alzheimer's Disease Impact On Memory
In the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer's, memory loss and confusion may be mild. The person with dementia may be aware of and frustrated by the changes taking place, such as difficulty recalling recent events, making decisions, or processing what was said by others. In the later stages, memory loss becomes far more severe.
Common Signs of Early Stage Alzheimer's Forgetfullness:
A person may not recognize family members, forget relationships, call family members by other names, or become confused about their home location or the passage of time. They may forget the purpose of everyday items, such as a pen or a fork. These changes are some of the most painful for caregivers and families. Such behavior is sometimes incorrectly referred to as "senility" or "senile dementia," reflecting the formerly widespread but incorrect belief that severe mental decline is a normal part of aging.
The leading underlying cause of memory loss and confusion is the progressive damage to brain cells caused by Alzheimer's disease. Certain situations — such as a change in living arrangements, a switch in routine, or certain infections, can cause memory loss to worsen. Whenever there is a sudden behavior change, it is essential to have a medical evaluation to rule out other causes.
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