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Holidays Time to Spot Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, affects about 5.1 million Americans, many of whom live alone.  The disease, which typically takes eight to twelve years to progress, destroys memory and cognitive skills, eventually leading to a vegetative state.  This is where a proactive family and the holidays come in, according to the Miami Herald.  If an individual detects changes in a family member’s health - either physical or cognitive - especially in older relatives, this may be the beginnings of Alzheimer’s, and time to seek medical assistance.

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