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Alzheimer’s Disease: What You Need to Know and What You Can Do

decline in memory and cognition is generally considered a natural consequence of aging. These symptoms often occur gradually and differ from person to person. Alzheimer’s disease, however, is not part of natural aging. Alzheimer’s is a progressive brain disease that destroys memory and thinking skills. Early symptoms of Alzheimer’s may include forgetting basic information such as names and telephone numbers, confusion about past events, and a tendency to ask the same questions repeatedly. As the disease progresses, people with Alzheimer’s may have trouble learning new information and remembering close family members.

You can’t control some of the factors that contribute to Alzheimer’s, such as aging and genetics, but recent research suggests that you can reduce the risk of developing the disease by:

  • Lowering your blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • Controlling diabetes
  • Being physically active
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Engaging in activities that stimulate the mind

Although Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible, early diagnosis can help people plan for the future. To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, please visit these websites:

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