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10 Alzheimer’s or Dementia Warning Signs and Symptoms to Watch For

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills can start an Alzheimer’s or dementia diagnosis. Sometimes the diagnosis is missed though if a physician fails to seek further medical opinions or perform the right tests. The Association provides ten early signs and symptoms that family members can watch out for and a brief overview of what conditions are commonly diagnosed in place of Alzheimer’s or dementias.

  1. Noticeable Memory Loss

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Hospital Emergency Rooms Struggle with Dementia Patients

Many people who have the beginning signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease may be elderly, frail, and have other underlying medical concerns which land them in an emergency room. Their confusion can trigger accidents due to mobility or unsafe environments, and forgetfulness leaves them prone to higher personal injury rates, dehydration and malnutrition, or medication under and overdoses. But despite the higher trends of patients arriving to the ER with memory and confusion related disease symptoms, too many emergency rooms are not equipped to manage them.

As our country’s population continues to grow in the number of people that are affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, the need for better health care services will expand as well. Until then, family members will have to stay vigilant in protecting their loved ones.

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