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“Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or other dementia,” said the organisation.
“One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stage, is forgetting recently learned information.
“Others include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over, and increasingly needing to rely on memory aids [reminder notes or electronic devices], or family members for things they used to handle on their own.”
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As we get older, it’s not unusual to become confused about the day of the week or the time, but we should figure it out later, it said.
“People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time,” added the Alzheimer’s Association.
“They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.”
“Scientists now know that [plaques and tangles develop] many years before symptoms appear,” said the NHS.
Alzheimer’s disease also causes a decrease in the number of neurotransmitters that send signals between brain cells.
One particular neurotransmitter, called acetylcholine, is dramatically decreased in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.
Over time, different areas of the brain shrink, and the first area usually affected is responsible for memories.