About Alzheimer's Disease
Recognizing the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease
In Alzheimer's disease, abnormal changes occur in the brain that affect all aspects of thinking, including memory and language, making it difficult to perform daily activities. If a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is made, there are treatment options that may help slow the progression of symptoms.
The following chart can help you recognize some of the common signs and symptoms of moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease.
Signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease
|Memory loss||Frequently forgetting new information|
|Problems with familiar tasks||Getting confused while cooking or playing a game|
|Problems with language||Forgetting simple words or using wrong words|
|Disorientation to time and place||Getting lost in a familiar neighborhood|
|Poor judgment||Dressing inappropriately for the weather|
|Problems with abstract thought||Trouble with simple math|
|Misplacing things||Putting an iron in the freezer|
|Changes in mood and behavior||Unusual bouts of anger or rapid mood swings|
|Changes in personality||Becoming overly confused, suspicious, afraid, or dependent|
|Loss of initiative||Lack of interest in usual activities|
Talk with a doctor or healthcare professional as soon as possible if your loved one has any of the signs or symptoms of Alzheimer's disease listed above. Please keep in mind that having these symptoms does not always mean your loved one has Alzheimer's disease. Only a doctor can provide a diagnosis.
If your loved one has already been diagnosed with moderate or severe Alzheimer's disease, it might be time to consider combination therapy with NAMENDA (memantine HCl) and ARICEPT* (donepezil HCl 5-10 mg). Combination therapy has been shown to be effective for the moderate to severe stage of Alzheimer's disease. Learn more about the benefits of combination therapy.
There is no evidence that NAMENDA prevents or slows the underlying disease process in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.