This is the first of three articles that will outline the typical progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s unfolds over many years, probably decades. The time between current medical detection and death is nearly 10 years. However, there are earlier stages that unfold over the course of at least a decade before diagnosis can be made. There is so much you can do to protect your own future at this stage. The key is that the first change occurs in the ability to learn new things — short-term memory. At first, the changes in memory cause inconveniences that are hard to distinguish from the changes in memory that result from normal aging. Consider those ubiquitous senior moments. You forget where you park your car. You momentarily can’t think of your phone number. You drive past the turn to your home. We […]