10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Signs of memory loss can be subtle, and as a result get overlooked or generalized as being a just a normal part of the aging process. People may also try to hide their memory loss due to the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s and dementia to avoid being seen as less capable. Sadly, this can prevent the early diagnosis that is important in developing the necessary legal, financial and care plans while the individual is still capable of doing so.
Thankfully, the Alzheimer’s Association has detailed the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s to help differentiate between what is a typical age-related change and what may be a sign of Alzheimer’s or another dementia
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
Normal age-related memory loss is sometimes forgetting names and appointments, but remembering them later.2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
Normal age related changes are occasional errors when balancing the checkbook.3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
Normal age related changes are occasionally needing help resetting the clock on the microwave or recording a television show.4. Confusion with time or place
Normal age related changes are mild confusion about the day of the week, but figuring it out later.5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
Normal age related changes are vision changes due to cataracts.6. New problems with words either verbally or in writing
Normal age related changes are sometimes having trouble finding the right word.7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
Normal age related changes are misplacing things, but being able to retrace steps to find them.8. Decreased or poor judgment
Normal age related changes are making bad decisions once in a while that have little impact.9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
Normal age related changes are sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations.10. Changes in mood and personality
Normal age related changes are developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming upset when this routine they’ve developed is disrupted.If your aging loved one is persistently showing these signs that affect their daily life, it is a warning sign you should not ignore. It’s more than a “senior moment,” and you owe it to your loved one and yourself to seek medical advice. This checklist from the Alzheimer’s Association will help prepare your loved one for a doctor’s visit to determine if his or her signs are just part of the normal aging process or a symptom of Alzheimer’s or dementia. We are also available if you do notice these early warning signs, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (920) 997-0118.
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