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Recognizing the Signs of Alzheimer’s
Nov 30, 2018 by Anonymous
Forgetfulness is one of the many problems that we begin facing as we start growing old, and in a mild scenario, it is not at all a serious memory problem. But if they become quite acute and memory problems start affecting your daily life and routines, they could be the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The following signs will help you in noticing the early onset of Alzheimer’s and may help you discover the disease at its earliest stage:
- Life disrupting memory loss: The most common signs of Alzheimer’s is forgetting recently acquired information. It may also result in forgetting important events or dates and repeatedly asking for the same information.
- Challenges faced in planning and solving problems: Some may experience problems in creating and following a plan, which they used to normally perform quite efficiently. Difficulty in being able to concentrate in otherwise, menial tasks and basic information.
- Confusion with Place and Time: People suffering from Alzheimer’s may forget important events and places from their lives and also lose a sense of seasons, and most commonly, display a disability of understanding anything which is not taking place immediately.
- Poor Judgment: Changes in decision making or judgment is another common sign of Alzheimer’s, for example, displaying a poor judgment in utilizing money, which was otherwise quite a regular task performed by individuals.
- Sudden changes in mood and personality: Mood and personality changes are displayed by most Alzheimer’s inflicted people, becoming suddenly confused, suspicious and fearful in friendly environments such as at home, or around friends and family.
- Misplacing things and unable to find them: Misplacing things and an ability to find them regularly is an early sign of the onset of Alzheimer’s and its frequency may increase over time.
- Problems with finding the right words: People with Alzheimer’s may face challenges in following a conversation and very frequently, pause in the middle of a conversation without any idea on how to resume the conversation or display struggles with a basic vocabulary.
- Having problems in understanding images and spatial relationships: They also face a difficulty in judging distance and determining color, leading to problems with basic activities like walking or driving.
- Withdrawal from work and hobbies: A person with Alzheimer’s may find themselves shunning away from regular work or hobbies which they previously used to love doing leading to a general avoidance of social life due to these changes.
If you notice any of these signs in yourself or your loved one, please do not hesitate in making an appointment with a doctor. With an early discovery, people can explore various treatments to relieve symptoms and maintain independence for a longer period, also helping in increasing the chances of them being selected for advanced research into curing the disease.