Over the past few decades, Alzheimer’s disease has emerged from anonymity. Earlier it was considered a rare brain disorder; but now it has become a major public health problem. As per Alzheimer’s Association, a world leader health organization in Alzheimer care, Alzheimer’s is the seventh-leading cause of death in US and every 70 seconds, someone develops Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, a serious brain disorder that impacts daily life through memory loss and cognitive changes. There is an accelerated worldwide effort under progress to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, or prevent it from developing as there is no cure available for Alzheimer’s, yet.
The Alzheimer’s Association has given 10 warning signs or indications of Alzheimer’s disease, which are discussed in this article. Hope these signs and symptoms will help you or your family member to recognize, if they are on the path of Alzheimer’s.
Memory loss or dementia: Memory loss is one of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s, especially in the early stages. It disrupts the person’s daily life and ability to complete routine work. Major signs include forgetting important dates or events; asking for the same information over and over again.
Trouble performing familiar tasks: People with Alzheimer’s may find difficulty to concentrate and take longer time to perform any work than they did before. Sometimes, people may find difficulty in preparing a routine meal, or forget to serve it, or even forget that they cooked it.
Confusion with time and place: People with Alzheimer’s may lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may leave their home and then forget where they planned to go. Sometimes they are lost even in their familiar surroundings and don’t know how to get back home.
Challenges in abstract thinking: Alzheimer’s people may experience difficulty in recognizing numbers and performing basic calculations such as ability to pay bills or balance checkbook.
style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; line-height: 150%; text-align: justify;">Difficulty understanding visual images: Alzheimer’s patient may have difficulty in reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast. They may pass a mirror and think that someone else is in the room.
Problem with language and speaking: Everyone has trouble finding the right word attimes, but a person with Alzheimer’s may forget simple words or substitute with inappropriate words, and make their speech hard to understand. Sometimes they might repeat the same story, word for word, again and again.
Misplacing Things: A person with Alzheimer’s may keep things in unusual places such as their keys in the kitchen cabinet and eyeglasses in microwave and then unable to recall how they got here. This may occur more frequently, over time.
Distorted judgment and decision making ability: Alzheimer persons forget their responsibilities, such as caring for a child. They may dress inappropriately like wear several clothes during summers or forget to bring a sweater or coat on a chilly night.
Sudden changes in mood and personality: People with Alzheimer’s disease may show rapid mood swings – from calm to tears to anger. They even become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful and dependent on a family member.
If you or someone in your family or any of your friends is experiencing any of the 10 signs, you are advised to consult with your doctor. Early diagnosis provides you a chance to seek treatment and plan for the future.