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comforting an Alzheimer's patientAlthough memory loss may be just a naturally occurring result of aging, an appointment with your doctor is the quickest way to discount or definitely diagnose the possible onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Early symptoms may go undetected, but in time forgetting familiar names and faces, or the location of everyday objects, appear to worsen in those suffering from Alzheimer's - as brain cells first begin to destroy memory and cognitive skills, followed by rapid decline in the late stages into total physical impairment.

As Alzheimer's progresses, patients may exhibit emotional responses that range from complete self-awareness and acceptance to total denial, depression, frustration or rage.

Inevitably, patients lose all awareness that they are not remembering or communicating coherently, but typically appear to be free of suffering if surrounded by caring professionals and loved ones.

Early self-testing for Alzheimer's disease

sample questions from a memory quize that tests for Alzheimer's disease
Simple cognitive tests can screen for impending dementia caused by Alzheimer's.

If you suspect that you or a loved one are exhibiting signs of Alzheimer's disease, there are a handful of recognized self-tests that are available online that may provide clues to early onset. These include:

The Mini-Cog Test - a simple test that can be completed in minutes that asks for recall of three words, and the correct drawing of clock hours within a circle.

The SAGE Test
- a self-administered written test that can be completed in 10-15 minutes that asks simple questions to screen for cognitive impairment.

Again, becoming forgetful does not necessarily mean that you are suffering from either dementia or Alzheimer's. Memory loss can simply be a natural effect of aging. It can also be a symptom of stress, depression, or even heart disease that can decrease the flow of blood to the brain.

In some cases, symptoms can be caused by vitamin deficiencies or, more seriously, by an undetected brain tumor.

If you or a loved are suspected of having the disease, find out more about symptoms at expert sites offering more information on disease stages, memory loss or early signs of dementia, related diseases with Alzheimer's-like symptoms, plus other helpful resources on how to spot the early stages of Alzheimer's disease ....

More about Alzheimer's symptoms around the Web:

10 early signs of Alzheimer’s
- Brief overview with a list of common symptoms and signs to watch for, plus a chart comparing Alzheimer's and normal age-related memory changes.

This information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.

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