The statistics are quite dramatic. It's estimated that 4.5 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer's disease and there are some who estimate the number could be as high as 6.5 million. One of the difficult things about Alzheimer's is that it has a gradual onset and may not be apparent for 5-to-15 years. The signs and symptoms in the earlier stages are very vague, but as time goes on symptoms include problems with memory, communication, and a progressive decline in memory overall. Many people think there is no cure for Alzheimer's so why get tested or have a diagnosis made? But it is important to realize there are many other causes of memory problems and mental decline. Things like depression or altered chemical balances in the body can lead to change. In addition, there are medicines that can slow the decline. If you have concerns or are concerned about a family member, take the time to see your doctor.
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