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A Few Facts For The New Caregiver

Alzheimer Disease is the leading cause of death among the elderly.

Alzheimer Disease is a progressive, degenerative disease that affects the brain and results in impaired memory, thinking and behaviour.

Memory loss is NOT a normal part of aging.

Memory loss can be caused by disease, stress, over medication or lack of nutrition.

The cause of Alzheimer Disease is unknown and there is no cure.
The prevalence for Alzheimer Disease increases with age.


Subtle changes in behaviour, loss of interest in hobbies and activities Loss of short-term memory (ie. forgetting recent events or misplacing items)

Difficulty adjusting to new places and situations

Decreased ability to learn new things or handling finances

Mild communication difficulties (ie. forgetting the right word)

Difficulty controlling emotions


There is no simple test for Alzheimer Disease. A diagnosis for Alzheimer Disease is made by testing for and ruling out other conditions. It is important for people with suspected Alzheimer Disease to receive a thorough medical examination which should include a detailed history, physical examination, lab tests as well as memory and skill tests. The assessment may take several months in order to determine if the symtoms are progressive.

Diagnosing Alzheimer's Disease - Physician's Guidelines


Changes in mental abilities and mood will bring changes in behaviour. The kinds of behavioural changes and their duration will vary from person to person. These behaviours may include: pacing or wandering, repetitive action, hiding articles, constantly searching, physical outbursts, swearing, restlessness or inappropriate sexual advances.

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