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New Hope for Fading Memories: Alzheimer's Disease

Author(s): Ronald McNeel DrPH

Progression of Alzheimer's Disease

Symptoms begin slowly, with forgetfulness or the inability to solve simple math problems. As Alzheimer's Disease (AD) progresses, symptoms may become severe enough that a person with AD or his/her family members seek medical help. Middle stage AD sufferers forget how to perform simple tasks, such as brushing their teeth. Advanced stages are marked by an inability to recognize familiar people and places, and eventually, the inability to read, write or speak.