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What is Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease and is the most common type of Dementia. This disease affects memory, behavior and thinking. As the disease progresses the symptoms become severe enough to interfere with their activities of daily living.

Risk Factors:

  • Age: Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging. The majority of those with the disease are 65 or older.
  • Family History: Those who has someone in their family who has had the disease there is a higher chance they will develop the disease.
  • Genetics: There are two categories of genes that influence whether someone develops the disease: deterministic and risk genes. Learn more here.
  • Other factors: Such as head injury, heart-head connection, and healthy aging. Learn more here.

Ten Warning Signs:

  1. Memory Loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood or personality

Learn more about the Ten Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer's disease from the CDC and Alzheimer’s Association

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
The Center for Chronic Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave., Suite 1702
Oklahoma City, OK  73102-6406

Physical Address:
Oklahoma State Department of Health
123 Robert S. Kerr Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK

Phone: (405) 426-8300
Fax: (405) 900-7610

Last Modified on Aug 31, 2021
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