Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Early Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

As your loved ones age, you may begin to notice changes in their behavior. They may call you by the wrong name, have difficulty remembering where they put something, or even struggle with common daily activities. Contrary to popular belief, these occurrences are not always typical of old age. They can be signs of a more serious problem.

Dementia is a broad term used to describe a decline in mental and social abilities severe enough to conflict with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, making up 50% – 80% of all dementia cases.

The following are early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease:

1. Memory Loss That Disrupts Daily Life

– Forgetting important dates and other information, relying primarily on memory aids.

2. Challenges in Planning or Solving Problems

– Forgetting familiar recipes, mathematical equations, trouble managing finances.

3. Difficulties Performing Familiar Tasks

– Cooking, job-specific duties, forgetting the rules of familiar board games.

4. Confusion With Time or Place

– Forgetting dates, seasons, and the passage of time.

5. Trouble Understanding Visual Images

– Difficulty reading, determining colors, distance.

6. New Problems With Words (Speaking/Writing)

– Experiencing difficulties with vocabulary or other social skills.

7. Misplacing Things and the Inability to Retrace Steps

– Accusing others of stealing due to their inability to remember where they put something.

8. Decreased Judgment

– Decreased decision-making skills such as personal grooming and managing donations and other finances.

9. Withdrawal From Social Activities

– Experiencing a lack of interest in social activities due to the changes they’ve recently experienced.

10. Sudden Changes in Personality

– Sudden changes in mood, depression, anger, fear.

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There are many different forms of dementia and many other conditions that may cause similar symptoms. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, consult your doctor. Early detection of the disease can ensure your loved one receives the proper Alzheimer’s care he or she needs while providing families with the necessary resources to cope with this life change.