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The Earliest Signs of Alzheimer’s Everyone Over 50 Should Know

Alzheimer’s—the most common type of dementia—affects millions of Americans. According to a recent study published in the Alzheimer’s Association’s journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia, as many as 5 million Americans were living with the disease in 2014. Unfortunately, since most Alzheimer’s patients are diagnosed after 60 years old, many of its early signs seem like normal age-related issues at first, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But, if left untreated, the condition’s effects extend well beyond occasionally losing keys or forgetting someone’s name. When it comes to Alzheimer’s, every minute counts—so read on to discover the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s that everyone over 50 should know. And for more ways to stay mentally fit as you age, check out these 20 Surprising Habits That Reduce Your Alzheimer’s Risk.

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Forgetting Important Dates and Events

The Earliest Signs of Alzheimer’s Everyone Over 50 Should Know

While some might seem like normal age-related issues at first, they go far beyond occasionally losing keys. These are the earliest signs of Alzheimer's.