In Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, problems with memory, judgment, and thought processes make it hard for a person to work and take part in day-to-day family and social life. Changes in mood and personality also may occur. These changes can result in loss of self-control and other problems.
Some 2 to 4 million persons have dementia associated with aging. Of these individuals, as many as two-thirds have Alzheimer’s disease.
Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease at this time, it may be possible to relieve some of the symptoms, such as wandering and incontinence.
The earlier the diagnosis, the more likely your symptoms will respond to treatment. Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you think you or a family member may have signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
Research is under way to find better ways to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Ask your doctor if there are any new developments that might help you.
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research(AHCPR)
Publication No. 96-0704
Clinical Practice Guideline, Number 19, Consumer Version