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Dementia

10 February 2011

Alzheimer's symptoms and signs

At first the only symptom may be mild forgetfulness. As the disease progresses, different aspects of brain functioning become impaired.

At first the only symptom may be mild forgetfulness. As the disease progresses, different aspects of brain functioning become impaired.

Brain functions affected in Alzheimer's disease

Memory Initially short-term memory affected, later short and long-term memory.
Language Difficulty naming objects. Later comprehension diminishes. Spontaneous speech affected.
Agnosia Difficulty recognising people and identifying objects.
Apraxia Inability to perform motor tasks.
Executive functions Inability to plan and organise.
Personality changes Apathy; aggressiveness; disinhibition.

 

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