Alzheimer’s Disease is a progressive disease that affects brain function. It will mostly initially affect memory, however, as the disease progresses it will affect other mental abilities too. While Alzheimer’s is thought by many to only affect the elderly, it actually affects 1 in 20 people under 65. This is known as early onset Alzheimer’s.
Today we will be looking at 10 early signs of Alzheimer’s.
1. Memory Loss
While some forgetfulness is common in old age, Alzheimer’s related memory loss is not a natural part of aging. Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s will be someone forgetting names, dates, or asking the same question over and over again and usually, not being able to recall them without some sort of aid.
This is not the same as occasionally forgetting things such as appointments and then remembering them later.
2. Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks
This could be having trouble driving to a familiar location or making a usual order of food. It is having difficulty completing tasks the person has had success in many times before, not difficulty completing a task they aren’t familiar with.
3. Language and Speech Problems
This could be stopping a sentence halfway through and not being able to think how to carry it on. It could also come in the form of calling an object what it literally is. Similar to how a child learning to talk may do.
4. Low Moods and Anxiety
Alzheimer’s may cause a person’s personality or mood to change. They may become more irritable, anxious, suspicious, or depressed. They may feel especially fearful when they are outside of their comfort zone.
5. Difficulty Problem Solving
This may look like difficulty following instructions such as a familiar recipe. Concentration may be challenging and it may take much longer than before for them to complete tasks.
A person who is suffering from symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s may begin to withdraw from work or social activities out of fear of being able to hold or follow a conversation. The mood changes they experience could also lead to withdrawing from activities they once enjoyed.
7. Confusion with Time and Places
A person with Alzheimer’s may lose track of time and be unsure of how or when they got somewhere. They may find it hard to understand something that is not happening presently.
8. Vision Problems
People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble with judging distance, or determining colour. This can lead to problems with driving and balance.
This is different from age-related vision problems such as cataracts.
9. Losing Thing or Becoming Lost
This could be a person with Alzheimer’s being unable to retrace their steps to find their way back from somewhere or accusing people of stealing things when they have misplaced them.
10. Poor Judgement
This may come in the form of a lack of financial planning or personal grooming for two examples.
If you or a loved one believes some of these symptoms are present it is time to see your GP. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s Disease, there are medications to treat some of the symptoms and a GP can help you form a care plan.
If you or a loved one have already been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and you are struggling to cope, again contact your GP or find out what resources and support are available to you here.
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