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Alzheimer’s Disease

Published on Nov 12, 2015
Authored by Pfizer Medical Team

Download your Alzheimer's Disease Checklist

Most people have a harder time with thinking and remembering things as they grow older. But serious problems with memory and mental function are not a normal part of aging.

Normal aging signs include:

  • Not being able to remember things as well as you used to, but you are still able to remember daily living tasks and perform them.
  • You may get lost easier but you still remember how to drive a car.
  • It takes longer to learn new things, but you are still able to follow written and spoken directions.
  • Losing things like your glasses, but you are still able to care for yourself.

You can use this checklist of potential signs of early Alzheimer's Disease to discuss with your healthcare provider:

Potential Signs of Early Alzheimer's Disease

Keep in mind that memory problems can also be caused by other health conditions, not just Alzheimer's Dementia.


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  • 1. DSM 5 2013. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th ed (DSM-5). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association, Inc; 2013.
  • 2. Erickson (Exp Gerontol 2005). Erickson CA, Barnes CA. The neurobiology of memory changes in normal aging. Exp Gerontol. 2005;38(2003):61-69.
  • 3. NIA Forgetfulness 2015. National Institute on Aging. Forgetfulness: knowing when to ask for help. Accessed January 26, 2015.
  • 4. NIHSeniorHealth AD 2015. National Institute of Health. Alzheimer’s disease. NIHSeniorHealth. Accessed January 23, 2015.
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