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Alzheimer's is a progressive disease and starts slowly. At first, the only symptom may be mild forgetfulness, which can be confused with age-related memory change. Most people with mild forgetfulness do not have AD.

Those who do have Alzheimer's may have trouble remembering recent events, activities, or the names of familiar people, and they may not be able to solve simple math problems.

As the disease goes on, symptoms are more easily noticed. Forgetfulness begins to interfere with daily activities. People in the middle stages of AD may forget how to do simple tasks like brushing their teeth or combing their hair. They can no longer think clearly. They begin to have problems speaking, understanding, reading, or writing. Later on, people with AD may become anxious or aggressive, or wander away from home.
Remember, because someone often misplaces their keys, does not mean they have Alzheimer's. If you suspect a loved one has Alzheimer's, see a doctor right away.
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