10 Early Signs And Symptoms Of Alzheimer’s Disease
Approximately 6.5 million Americans ages 65 and above are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Early detection of the disease not only improves quality of life but also can massively reduce the costs associated with treating Alzheimer’s.
September is World Alzheimer’s Month, and we’d like to share the 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
1. Forgetting Recently Learned Information
One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is short-term memory loss. This can also include forgetting important events, asking the same questions over and over again, and relying on memory aids (sticky notes, digital reminders, etc).
2. Losing Track of Time and Place
Some people living with Alzheimer’s may forget where they are or what time and date it is.
3. Problems Completing Routine Tasks
People with Alzheimer’s often have trouble completing daily tasks such as getting dressed or preparing a meal.
4. Impaired Judgment
Individuals with Alzheimer’s can exhibit a change in judgment or decision-making. This may include paying less to themselves when it comes to grooming and or not recognizing a health problem that requires medical attention.
5. Difficulty with Language
Individuals may find themselves forgetting words and phrases and have trouble following a conversation.
6. Struggling to Create and Follow Plans
Some people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s struggle to follow cooking recipes they’ve used before or find it difficult to keep track of monthly bills.
7. Misplacing Things
A person living with Alzheimer’s may place objects in inappropriate places, such as putting their house keys in the freezer.
8. A Striking Change in Mood and Personality
Those with Alzheimer’s may suddenly become fearful, suspicious, depressed, and anxious. They can also become easily upset when out of their comfort zone.
9. Trouble with Abstract Thinking
People with Alzheimer’s may lose the ability to comprehend abstract concepts – for example, what numbers are and how they are used.
10. Loss of Interest
Individuals may become passive and disinterested in work, hobbies, and spending time with friends and family.
If you or a loved one has been affected by Alzheimer’s, there are many actions you can take. Find a support group through the U.S. Administration on Aging’s Eldercare Locator or your local Alzheimer’s Association chapter to help discover the right options for you.