One of the Alzheimer's symptoms or another type of dementia is memory loss, which can significantly affect daily life. Alzheimer's is a mental illness that causes a slow decline in memory and the ability to think and reason.
There are 10 warning signs and symptoms that warn of this disease. If you notice any of them, see your doctor.
Alzheimer's: 10 warning signs
1. Memory loss affects daily life
One of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer's is memory loss, especially, forgetting information that has just been assimilated. Other signs are: forgetting important dates, ask the same thing several times or needing more and more help to remember, for example, leaving notes, reminders on electronic devices, or turning to family members to do tasks they could previously do.
A normal symptom associated with age: it would be forgetting names or dates but remembering them later.
2. Difficulty planning or solving problems
There are people who may experience changes in their ability to carry out or follow a plan or even for handle numbers. They may have problems when it comes to follow the steps of a recipe or carry a control of monthly expenses. Some also have difficulty concentrating and it takes much longer to do the same things than before.
A normal symptom associated with age: it would be confused when checking the bank book.
3. Difficulty performing domestic, work or leisure tasks
There are people who have trouble get to a place they know, take the budgets at work or remembering rules of a game.
A normal symptom associated with age: it would be needing help to know how the microwave works or how to record a television program.
4. Temporal and spatial disorientation
People with Alzheimer's lose track of time. They forget dates, they don't know in what season are neither aware of pass of the time. They may have trouble understanding something if it doesn't happen right away. Sometimes they forget where are they or how they got there.
A normal symptom associated with age: it would be not knowing very well what day of the week we are on, but finding out later.
5. Difficulties in establishing visual and spatial relationships
Vision problems can be a symptom of Alzheimer's. There are those who have difficulty reading, calculating distances, or distinguishing colors, which can cause problems when driving.
A normal symptom associated with age: it is suffering from alterations in vision due to cataracts.
6. Difficulty speaking or writing
People with Alzheimer's may find it difficult to follow or participate in a conversation. Other common symptoms are: stop talking in the middle of a conversation and not knowing how to take it up or even repeat what was being said, or have problems related to the vocabulary, for example, not finding the exact word or use the wrong word to designate something.
A normal symptom associated with age: it is sometimes not finding the exact word.
7. Losing objects and losing the ability to remember where it was put
People with Alzheimer's can lose items and being unable to rewind to find them. They can even reach blaming others for stealing. As the disease progresses this happens more frequently.
A normal symptom associated with aging: it is losing things from time to time but being able to rewind and know where they have left.
8. Impairment of common sense
Common sense and the ability to make decisions are impaired in people with Alzheimer's. For example, they do not apply the common sense with money and they can give large amounts to telemarketers (telemarketers). They pay less attention to personal hygiene and grooming.
A normal symptom associated with age: it is making mistakes from time to time when taking.
9. Stay away from work and social activities
A person with Alzheimer's may start to give up their hobbies and work projects or stop participating in social activities or to practice sport. They have a hard time keeping up with the news about their favorite team or remembering how to do something they liked to do. They usually socially isolate due to the changes they are undergoing.
A normal symptom associated with age: it is being tired of family, work and social obligations.
10. Changes in mood and personality
Alzheimer's can cause changes in the mood and in the personality. People with this disease may experience confusion, suspicion, depression, fear, or anxiety. They can get angry very easily with family, co-workers, friends or when they are in places outside their area.
A normal symptom associated with age: it is getting used to doing things in a certain way and getting angry when that routine is interrupted.
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What to do if we notice any of these symptoms?
If you notice that you or someone around you is suffering from any of these 10 signs of Alzheimer's, don't ignore it and visit your doctor.
There are important advantages or benefits derived from the possibility of detecting Alzheimer's early.
Advantages of detecting Alzheimer's early
Detecting Alzheimer's early allows:
- Get better results in treatments. Some treatments can relieve symptoms and prolong the level of dependency for a longer time. It also increases the possibility of participating in clinical drug trials to help advance the advancement of medical research.
- Have more time to plan your future. Diagnosing Alzheimer's allows the person who suffers it to be able to decide on aspects such as the care they will receive, transportation, residence options or legal and economic issues. Find or create the right care team and a social support network.
- Help yourself and your loved ones. There are care and support services thanks to which people with Alzheimer's or dementia can have a better quality of life.
When you go to the doctor for Alzheimer's symptoms
The doctor will evaluate your health or that of the person in question and identify problems that could affect mental functioning.
The doctor can refer the patient to a specialist such as:
- Neurologist: specializes in mental and nervous system diseases.
- Psychiatrist: specializes in disorders that affect mood or mental functioning.
- Psychologist: is formed to examine the functioning of memory and other mental functions.
- Geriatrician: specializes in the care of the elderly and Alzheimer's disease.
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