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.
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.
progresses, patients may exhibit emotional responses that
range from complete self-awareness and acceptance to total
denial, depression, frustration or rage.
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
Early self-testing for Alzheimer's disease
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.
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.
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
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 Alzheimers
- 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.
Forgetting - Symptoms - Recognizing Alzheimer's -
Excellent online PBS presentation featuring video clips, a
clickable map of the brain illustrating how Alzheimer's changes
behaviors and abilities, along with what to expect while undergoing
disease testing, related links & resources.
information is intended as reference and not as medical advice.
All treatment decisions should be made by medical professionals.