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25 Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease

How can you tell if someone has Alzheimer's disease? Here are symptoms of the memory-robbing disorder.
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Difficulty communicating

As dementia progresses, a person’s language and communication skills diminish. He or she may stop mid-conversation and not know how to continue.

Vocabulary can be especially troublesome. A person may struggle to find the right word; call things by the wrong names (e.g., a car a TV); substitute unusual or incorrect words for familiar words and names (e.g., calling one’s husband “him” or “that guy”); invent new words; or use familiar words over and over again.

With time, people may rely on gestures instead of speaking, revert back to speaking in a native language, or just speak less in general.

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