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Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia. It affects memory, intelligence, judgment, language, and behaviour. It is not clear what causes this disease. But it is the most common form of dementia in older adults. It may take many years to develop.
Alzheimer's disease is different than mild memory loss that occurs with aging.
Family members usually notice symptoms first. But the person also may realize that something is wrong.
Follow-up care is a key part of your loved one's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your loved one is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your loved one's test results and keep a list of the medicines your loved one takes.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your loved one's health, and be sure to contact the doctor if:
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Current as of: October 20, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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