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older, but it is not uncommon to develop the disease at a younger age like Mr. speed. Early-onsetAlzheimer’s has been known to affect people in their 50’s. Patients affected by the diseaseexperience symptoms such as confusion, poor judgment, mood swings, and personality changes.They also have problems speaking, writing, understanding speech, and recognizing familiarsights and sounds. There are several stages of Alzheimer’s disease, but not every patientprogresses at the same rate. In the beginning, patients may experience memory lapses. Later,they may forget important details, such as the names of friends and family members, where theyplaced a valuable item, or recent events. Eventually, they become confused, withdrawn, andunable to perform daily activities, including getting dressed, using the toilet, and eating. In thefinal stage of this disease, patients need daily care because they lose the ability to function ontheir own. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, proper medication and care mayhelp slow or delay the symptoms. However, cultural differences may affect how early a patient’sdisease is detected, the type of care that he or she receives, and how long they live once they are