Alzheimer’s disease can be detected earlier than you might think. Several signs and symptoms may alert you to the possibility of Alzheimer’s disease and prompt you to seek the counsel of a physician.
Early Detection Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Short Term Memory Loss: Memory loss is one of the biggest signs that Alzheimer’s may be present. It is not however, the only sign and some memory loss is to be expected as part of the aging process. Everyone forgets things, but with Alzheimer’s disease, the biggest sign is not being able to remember recent information and events.
- Time and Date Confusion: People with Alzheimer’s disease often become confused about times and dates. Short-term memory loss causes them to lose track of time and even forget how they came to be in a certain place. They may not be able to remember an event unless it is happening in the present.
- Struggling With Tasks: Alzheimer’s disease can cause people to struggle with completing ordinary tasks around the home as well as regular hobbies and activities. A person with Alzheimer’s disease will very often lose the ability to remember how to drive or how to complete a favourite hobby.
Early Detection Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
- Personality Changes: If you are concerned that a loved one may have Alzheimer’s, one of the early detection symptoms is a personality change accompanied by a withdrawal from social activities. People with Alzheimer’s become frustrated very easily. They may also become suspicious, anxious and even depressed. Because Alzheimer’s sufferers very often lose the ability to remember where they placed items, they may accuse others of stealing from them.
- Language Struggles: Alzheimer’s can cause people to struggle with the formation of words when they are speaking. They literally forget how to say certain words and easily become frustrated with trying to hold a conversation. Very often, people with Alzheimer’s disease will repeat themselves time after time.
- Impaired Judgement: People with Alzheimer’s will very often have lapses in judgement that are contrary to their usual behaviour. The inability to manage a budget, balance a checkbook or handle cash is a symptom that should not be dismissed.
If you are worried that a friend or member of your family may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, the very best thing that you can do is to make an appointment with a specialist physician. There is not ONE specific sign or symptom that allows a person to diagnose Alzheimer’s because it is a progressive disease, which means that it gradually gets worse over time.
The Difference between the Aging Process and Alzheimer’s Disease
It is often easy to dismiss the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s as ‘normal aging’, but if the patterns continue and specific symptoms appear to increase in frequency and intensity, you should seek medical attention. Early diagnosis allows for effective support and treatment of many of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
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