The early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be easy to miss . . .

Misunderstanding or forgetting directions to a party. Misplacing your keys in the morning. It happens. But if you're noticing these moments are becoming more frequent and affecting your daily life, then it might be time to take note.1,2 Arm yourself with information and speak with your healthcare provider about the changes you're experiencing.

These changes may be one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease. While only a healthcare provider can give you an accurate diagnosis,3 we're here to help you learn more about what may be happening.

Take the Next Step.

The initial symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease can be subtle.1 In fact, in its earliest stages, it can be explained away as normal aging.1 In the Signs & Symptoms section, you can find examples of symptoms commonly associated with early Alzheimer's disease. These are only examples, but if you are experiencing symptoms like these or are observing them in someone else, it's important to understand what they may be and if they deserve more attention.

For some people, asking about these symptoms can be more difficult than struggling through them. This, however, may be one of the most important conversations you have with your healthcare provider and loved ones about your health.


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