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Signs & Symptoms of Alzheimer's & Other Dementias: Understanding Alzheimer's & Types Of Dementia (2 of 7)

Laurie Owen from Home Instead Senior Care and Dr. William Burke from the University of Nebraska Medical Center talk about the science and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

It is important to remember that every person with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia is different. All the various symptoms are not necessarily present simultaneously in all people with the disease. When someone is showing early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia, it is important that they see a healthcare professional as soon as possible to complete a set of tests and evaluations.

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  1. May 23, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Posted by Hyacinth Rhoden

    Thanks a lot for the information. It further broadens my knowledge on the disease Alzheimers. Have a great day and keep up the good work that you are doing.


  2. May 23, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Posted by (Mrs.) Jimmie-Ruth Matthews

    I am 74 years old. I am a very active person with my husband. We travel to other states/countries doing concerts and I also do comedy with senior's groups. I have difficulty remembering people's names and the names of common objects. My primary doctor said I had the beginnings of Alzeimer's. After tears, and thinking about it, I confronted him and asked him how he came to that conclusion - there were no test, no examination of my body. He said in our 3-way conversation, your husband talked about you being so forgetful; I said 99% of friends my age say they have the same problem. Do you think that was a sufficient diagnosis??? It does worry me when I cannot think of these common things.


    • February 25, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Posted by EConsentino

      Though Alzheimers or dementia in my family have started with difficulty with memory and word usage, to this day they still have not been able to determine if my mom's proper diagnosis. She has a dementia but her strokes make it look like Alzheimers so that is the current diagnosis. Believe it or not, sometimes the diagnosis is a way to put them into a facility that requires that diagnosis and not the proper one. Sometimes a diagnosis is given with little to no testing. This you should be weary of. I am not 50 yet and have the same issues you have. Do I think I have it, NO! The signs you are given can be just a memory over load issue or just tired. Just keep an eye on it and find a doctor that specializes in dementia. If they do not do tests I would look for another doctor until one takes you seriously. You asking your doctor those questions leads me to think you have enough facalties left to go the mile to find our what it really is. Sometimes it is something as simple as aging or being tired. Keep monitoring your own actions and in some cases you can correct them. When you can't that is when I start to worry. Take what your husband says and monitor yourself. Allow him to give you feedback. Good Luck!


  3. May 10, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Posted by Betty Bassler

    This was very interesting and informative. Let's have more things on desease of the elderly, that can help us figure out what to look for etc.


  4. May 10, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Posted by Dorothy Doyle

    I am 77 years of age, alzheimer's has been in my family and I live alone.


  5. May 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Posted by Edda Espinosa

    Thanks a lot for this information. I work with elder people, Iam a caregiver part-time and I would like to know if you give training for people like me and how much cost. Thanks in advance for your comment. Have a blessed day.


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