Symptoms of Alzheimer Disease
by Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
Alzheimer disease symptoms are mild when they start, but get worse over time.
Common problems in the early phase are:
Long-term memory may be good, but short-term memory begins to fail in this phase. Other changes may be:
Abilities decline quickly in this phase. Changes may be:
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Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD
Last Updated: 10/30/2020
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