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Early Signs Alzheimer Disease?

18 January 2019

Early Signs Alzheimer Disease?

 

By Erik Bredemeyer

 

Below is a list of 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. If you notice any of them, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor. Below see the list of the 10 warning signs or symptoms! 

 

 

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

 

One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stage, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over, and increasingly needing to rely on memory aids (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.2. Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later

 

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems

 

Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.

 

3. Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook

 

Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game.

 

 

4. Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show

 

Confusion with time or place
People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.

 

5. Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later

 

Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast, which may cause problems with driving.

 

6. Vision changes related to cataracts

 

New problems with words in speaking or writing
People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. They may struggle with vocabulary, have problems finding the right word or call things by the wrong name (e.g., calling a “watch” a “hand-clock”).

 

7. Sometimes having trouble finding the right word

 

Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing. This may occur more frequently over time.

 

8. Misplacing things from time to time and retracing steps to find them

 

Decreased or poor judgment
People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision-making. For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean.

 

9. Making a bad decision once in a while

 

Withdrawal from work or social activities
A person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They also may avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced.

 

10. Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations

 

Changes in mood and personality
The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort zone and developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.

 

Comments

4 responses to “Early Signs Alzheimer Disease?”

  1. Lamia Ben says:

    I find this article interesting and very helpful as Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease we can’t afford to ignore.
    This article can definitely help many to get diagnosed at an early stage of the disease, slow down the progress of the symptoms and raising the patient’s survival time to more than 10 years.
    I find it also meticulously written and the symptoms described above clearly defined, providing a real sense of awareness to the readers keeping them from confusing those signs with normal changes from aging.

  2. Beata Sokolowski says:

    Great article!
    Thank you so much for sharing.
    I lost my grandmother due to Alzheimer’s disease and as a medical professional I always follow new research and clinical trials in this subject. I can’t srress enough how important it is to observe our body anatomically and physiologically and to pay special attention to any pathological changes. I found this article very helpful and educating.
    Thank you

    • Erik says:

      Thank you Beata, I appreciate your comments. On my mom’s side I lost my grandma because of Alzheimer’s and it is a horrible disease, I am hoping by posting these articles, I can create awareness, thank you for reading it!

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