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Is it Alzheimer's, a different type of dementia or something else entirely?

Is it Alzheimer's disease? As people age, the rapid mental recall of youth often fades. Yet most aging adults have wisdom and life experience to share and are cognitively sound. With increased awareness of Alzheimer's disease, however, has come an increased fear that every mental glitch we experience as we age is a sign of AD. So, what is Alzheimer's disease and what could these disturbing symptoms be if they are not AD? Alzheimer's disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disease that gradually destroys memory and thinking skills. Eventually, the ability to carry out simple tasks is also lost, as is the ability to recognize family members and communicate one's needs. If Alzheimer's strikes a person before age 65, it's termed early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Most people with the disease will show symptoms after the age of 65.

Continue reading on HealthCentral to learn more about different types of dementia (as well as reversible causes):

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