Have you ever walked into a room to do something and could not remember what it was that brought you to this room? Have you ever tried to tell someone a funny story only to forget an important point of the story?
These events happen to most of us at some time or another. Are we suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or are we merely being forgetful for a minute or two? Based on the most current scientific thinking, these are not symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, but just a normal part of daily living in a very busy world.
Those suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease have symptoms such as not remembering recent events, activities, or the names of familiar people or things. Scientists do not yet fully understand what causes AD. There probably is not one single cause, but several factors that affect each person differently. Age is the most important known risk factor for AD. It is important to know, however, that Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging.
If you would like a community education program about Alzheimer’s disease, please contact your county’s Cooperative Extension Family and Consumer Science Agent.
Alzheimer's Disease: Getting the Facts Fact Sheet
The development of the HEEL program was made possible by Senator Mitch McConnell with funds earmarked for the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture, Lexington, KY and budgeted through the CSREES/USDA Federal Administration