Is it Alzheimer's Disease or Just Forgetfulness?

As you age, you tend to pay less attention to matters, such as where you left the car keys or where you put the bills you forgot to pay. Forgetfulness may simply be the result of not paying attention, a reaction to medication or a combination of medications, or it could be the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Don't let fear keep you from getting a diagnosis.

If you have repeated memory lapses and they have become more frequent, or you have periods of confusion or episodes of not knowing where you are in familiar surroundings, worrying about it silently may make it worse. Instead, discuss the situation with your doctor. He can order tests that can reveal the root of your problem and lead to a simple solution.

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