What are signs, symptoms, best treatments for Alzheimer’s disease? Expert weighs in

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With Monday being World Alzheimer’s Day, it’s a good reminder that this is a disease that is still an issue for the short term and will be for the long term, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and deaths from it increased 146% between 2000 and 2018, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

In 2020, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias will cost the United States $305 billion. By 2050, that figure is expected to reach $1.1 trillion, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

In light of that, many understandably wonder what the signs of Alzheimer’s disease are, what behaviors usually plague some with the disease and what is the best way to treat and socialize with someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

Courtney Hochhalter, who has gone through special certification to help treat people with cognitive decline and is a franchise owner of Right at Home, an in-home care company that assists senior citizens and families struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, offers solutions to problems associated with Alzheimer’s.

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Difficulty performing familiar tasks

This can include tasks such as dressing, eating or locating familiar places such as a bedroom or bathroom.

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