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Alzheimer’s disease: More about dementia

More about dementia

Dementia is a general term used to describe progressive brain injuries or diseases that affect multiple brain functions. Alzheimer’s disease, also known as AD, is a severe neurological disease that typically starts gradually and tends to worsen over the course of several years. This means that symptoms develop slowly and become more severe with time. The first sign of AD is memory problems, such as forgetting a conversation, having trouble remembering the names of people and places, or failing to recognize friends and family members. As the disease progresses, it can lead to further symptoms such as:

  • Having difficulty speaking;
  • Having difficulty making decisions;
  • Having difficulty reading or writing;
  • Having difficulty planning;
  • Having difficulty performing daily activities such as brushing teeth or combing hair;
  • Having difficulty coping in new surroundings;
  • Having difficulty falling asleep;
  • Repeating questions during a short period of time;
  • Not showing interest or initiative;
  • Losing self-confidence;
  • Losing or misplacing objects;
  • Exhibiting changes in personality;
  • Experiencing mood swings or anxiety;
  • Getting lost or wandering away;
  • Becoming paranoid;
  • Becoming depressed;
  • Becoming disoriented with time and place;
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and the community