What you don't know about Alzheimer's disease could hurt you, according to the July issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource. That's why it's important to seek medical attention if you experience warning signs of Alzheimer's disease:
Increasing and persistent forgetfulness
Difficulty performing familiar tasks
Problems with finding the right words to express your thoughts
Disorientation with time and place
Poor or impaired judgment
Problems with abstract thinking
Putting everyday items in illogical places
Mood, behavior or personality changes.
Forgetfulness and confusion also can be caused by diabetes, thyroid disease, depression, drug interaction or even vitamin deficiencies. These symptoms may also indicate the presence of another form of dementia. Although treating these problems may not fully reverse memory impairment, knowing what's wrong can benefit your overall health and help keep other medical problems from developing.
If you have Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, the sooner you're evaluated and diagnosed, the more options you're likely to have in improving your symptoms.
While Alzheimer's is a progressive disease with no known cure, drugs may slow the progression of the disease or improve symptoms. And an early diagnosis may give you the opportunity to be involved in making important legal, financial, social and medical decisions that will affect you and your family.