AD symptoms include difficulty in mental functions, such as emotional personality, language, memory, perception, and thinking. Early symptoms of AD can include misplacing items, getting lost on familiar routes, losing interest in life, having trouble performing tasks, and personality changes. Severe symptoms include violent behavior, trouble sleeping, forgetting who you are, loss of ability to sense danger, and withdrawal from social contact. At the worst case, people can no longer understand language, recognize family members, and perform the easiest tasks.
There is no developed prevention method that has been confirmed. However, people who engage in intellectual activities, that stimulate the mind, such as reading, playing board games, completing crossword puzzles, playing musical instruments, or regular social interaction show a reduced risk for Alzheimer's disease. Learning a second language even later in life seems to delay getting Alzheimer disease.It is believed that Physical Activity may also help.
Currently there is no cure for AD. Doctors may prescribe medicines that slow down symptoms, but these drugs have little effect. Although preventions have not been proven to be effective, doctors suggest several techniques to lower the risk of getting the disease. These include a low fat diet, intake of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants, normal blood pressure, and a mentally and socially active life. Health care providers diagnose AD by using physical exams, checking medical history and symptoms, and examining mental status.