The Alzheimer’s Association’s website is loaded with the most up-to the-date information regarding all the various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. Part of their extensive information includes a check list of 10 early warning signs of the disease. This is important to know as an early diagnosis allows someone an opportunity to seek treatment and to make plans for the future. While everyone’s journey is different, they recommend if you or a loved one is exhibiting signs of memory loss, to consult with a doctor.
The first sign of Alzheimer’s as stated by the Association is memory loss that disrupts a person’s daily life. This is the most common sign of Alzheimer’s, especially in the early stages. Examples include forgetting important dates or events as well as recently learned information.
The second sign is experiencing difficulties in developing a plan or working with numbers. It may affect everyday tasks such as balancing a checkbook or keeping track of monthly bills.
Next they cite new problems that develop in completing familiar tasks around the home, at work or leisure. The person experiences difficulties when driving to a familiar location, managing a budget or remembering the rules of a favorite game.
Fourth on the Alzheimer’s Association’s list is signs of confusion regarding time and place. Examples include losing track of dates and what time of the year it is as well as forgetting where they are or how they got there.
Another sign of Alzheimer’s is problems understanding visual images and spatial relationships. This can mean difficulty reading, judging distances and determining color or contrast. Further along in the disease, a person may not recognize their own reflection.
The sixth sign on their list includes experiencing new problems with words when speaking or writing. Another sign is misplacing things and not having the ability to retrace their steps. People suffering from Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places.
The eighth sign includes decreased or poor judgment such as giving away large amounts of money to fraudulent causes or paying less attention to grooming habits. The ninth sign stated by the Association is withdrawing from work or social activities. Last on the list is a significant change in mood and personality. People with the disease can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. Please see the Alzheimer’s Association’s website for the complete details on the early warning signs of the disease.
This post is intended for informational purposes only; please consult your health care provider regarding any medical concerns.
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