The Macular Degeneration Association wanted to share this information with you. Recent research has found a  gene that is shared by macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s. However this doesn’t mean if you have macular degeneration that you will develop Alzheimer’s or if you have Alzheimer’s you will develop macular degeneration.- MDA

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

By Everyday Health Guest Columnist
Alzheimer’s disease is more than memory loss — it can come with a variety of warning signs and symptoms.
If you notice any of these 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s in yourself or someone you know, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor. With Alzheimer’s early detection matters, because early diagnosis gives you and your family time to effectively plan for the future.

1. Memory Loss That Disrupts Daily Life

As people age, it’s common to forget names or appointments, and then remember them later. Forgetting learned information is a different story. One of the most common warning signs is memory loss that includes forgetting significant dates or events, repeatedly asking for the same information and increasingly relying on memory aids (for example, reminder notes, electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.

2. Challenges in Planning or Solving Problems

Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook is normal, but people with Alzheimer’s often have trouble with preparing and following through with a plan or working with numbers. Something as simple as following a familiar recipe, staying organized while preparing for a party, or keeping track of monthly bills can become difficult. In addition, they may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.

3. Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks

It’s typical for older people to occasionally need help with tasks such as changing the settings on the television. However, people with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks at home, at work, or during leisure activities. They may have trouble driving to a familiar location, for example, or remembering how to use a vacuum or a card game.

4. Confusion With Time or Place

It’s not uncommon to get confused about what day of the week it is and then figure it out later, but people with Alzheimer’s can have a hard time distinguishing their location and/or time of day. They often lose track of days and season and have trouble comprehending why something isn’t happening immediately……
Read more: http://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/health-answers/warning-signs-of-alzheimers-disease/?xid=fb_s_081516_n_alzheimersdisease_h
Source: Everyday Health

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