As we mentioned before, alzheimer is a serious brain disorder that impacts daily living through memory loss and cognitive changes. Significant cognitive and memory loss are not symptoms of normal aging. However, these symptoms do not always indicate Alzheimer’s disease. Other conditions can also cause mental decline.
Symptoms that mimic early Alzheimer’s disease may result from:
- Central nervous system and other degenerative disorders,including head injuries, brain tumors, stroke, epilepsy, Pick’s Disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease.
- Metabolic ailments, such ashypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, malnutrition, vitamin deficiencies, dehydration, kidney or liver failure.
- Substance-induced conditions, such as drug interactions, medication side-effects, alcohol and drug abuse.
- Psychological factors, such as dementia syndrome, depression, emotional trauma, chronic stress, psychosis, chronic sleep deprivation,delirium.
- Infections, such as meningitis, encephalitis, and syphilis.