Monday, 18 March 2013

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease

It is important that all of us are aware of any changes that to our mind, just as we try to be aware of the changes in our physical body. Our mind is such a vital part of who we are and many people each day have to face the painful reality that their mind is slowly fading away.

So how do we know whether it will be us next? There are ten warning signs that we should all be aware of in order to catch Alzheimer’s as early as possible in order to begin treatment.

1.     Memory Loss
The first stages of Alzheimer’s often exhibit symptoms many of us may overlook. The first one to look out for is memory loss that not normal for you and affects your daily life. For example if someone normally remembers certain events but they have recently begun forgetting them and not remembering them later on this could be an indication of Alzheimer’s disease.

As people grow old they often do forget dates but tend to remember them later on, so if your grandmother forgets about a date you made but calls apologetically a few hours later, chances are she is just getting older and just got too busy chatting with the neighbor.

2.     Difficulty Completing Tasks
When people have Alzheimer’s they often find it challenging to complete normal daily tasks around the home or work. Things they once did daily now become much more difficult as they often forget key parts of the process.

An example of typical aging would be finding a new task hard to get the hang of. Otherwise Facebook would be filled with 90 year olds.

3.     Location and time Confusion
Alzheimer’s often causes people to lose track of how time progresses and different places. They may begin to forget what day it is, what season we are in or even where they are. It is assign of Alzheimer’s if they do not seem to remember something they forgot earlier.

4.     Understanding Visuals
For some people having certain vision problems may actually be a sign of Alzheimer’s. Difficulty reading, judging distances between objects and seeing the differences between colors can all be signs of potential Alzheimer’s.

5.     Problem Solving
A sign of Alzheimer’s is a change in problem solving ability. They may have difficulty following a recipe or paying bills.

It is a normal part of aging to make occasional errors.

6.     Communication
A sign that someone may have Alzheimer’s disease is a newly developed difficulty with language. This could manifest itself through a lessened ability to maintain spoken conversation, or clear struggle with vocabulary.

It is normal for people to struggle with finding the right word, so once again the biggest factor is to watch for changes.

7.     Misplacing Things
We all forget where we have put something on occasion but for people who suffer the burden of Alzheimer’s it is much more frequent. They will place something is a strange place and also be unable to retrace their steps in order to locate the lost object.

8.     Poor Judgment
One of the signs that you or someone you love may have Alzheimer’s is an inexplicable change in their decision-making. Decisions when it comes to money is often as easily recognizable gauge as often people with Alzheimer’s will give odd quantities of money to telemarketers or door to door salesmen.  It can often lead to financial difficulties because the poor judgment is decently frequent.

9.     Social Withdrawal
Withdrawal from social activities can be a sign of Alzheimer’s in many cases. An individual may begin to stop attending social events, talking with friend and stop doing the hobby they’ve had for years. This is often because they are uncomfortable or uneasy with the mental changes they are experiencing.

Be aware that is not necessarily a sign of Alzheimer’s, and can in many cases be an indication of depression. In either case if you or someone you care about is showing these symptoms of disinterest, a doctor is the best next step.

10. Personality Changes
Alzheimer’s is a distressing disease for those around the person and for this individual who has to suffer the mental changes. For this reason changes in personality and mood are often key signs someone may be struggling with Alzheimer’s.

The main thing to remember is to ask yourself whether these changes feel normal? Things sometimes just slip out of our minds when we feel stressed or upset, this may be normal for you. However if you start feeling like you are doing this more or your mind is losing track of things when it normally wouldn’t, this could be a sign of early stage Alzheimer’s. A doctor can help you figure out whether this is normal for you or if it is something else.

Sometimes we are the first to notice something wrong with our own behavior but at other times it is a loved one or close friend. Remember to always listen to those you love.

If you are he one with a loved one who you suspect may in the early stages of Dementia or Alzheimer’s, remember to always be considerate and never condescending. Play out what you are going to say to yourself and if you would react badly to someone saying that to you, then think of another way of communicating your concerns. Our mind is a sensitive area and no one wants to hear that they are acting differently, so always remember: Considerate not condescending. 

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