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Some Changes Could Characterize Alzheimer's Dementia

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- There are about five million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s and by the year 2050, its estimated there will be about 15 million people with the disease.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- There are about five million people in the U.S. with Alzheimer’s and by the year 2050, its estimated there will be about 15 million people with the disease.

Have you noticed a change in a loved one? Perhaps they seem more forgetful with bizarre behavior that seem to be getting worse, like a pair of shoes found in the freezer or the stove was left on?

It could be Alzheimer’s Dementia (AD).

It is characterized by memory loss, a decline or loss of social and occupational function, change in speech and personality and for some, and even psychological disturbances.

"So there are going to be not just mental cognitive challenges, but physical challenges as well,” says Care Consultant with Alzheimer's Association Marci McKie.

Lifestyle factors like obesity, smoking, and high fat diet have all been correlated with development of AD.

There are seven stages of AD ranging from mild to severe.

AD is diagnosed with cognitive testing, lab work, a CT or MRI of the brain.

"Initially accepting the diagnosis is probably the most difficult,” says McKie. “Once acceptance is made, it kind of helps both those with the diagnosis and the caregiver move forward and move on.”

According to the American Journal of Public Health, Alzheimer's Dementia is the most common form of dementia in the U.S.

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