10 Possible Warning Signs of the Beginnings of Alzheimer’s Disease
At Home Senior Care Inc. knows no one wants to think about dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease. We do not want to deal with it for ourselves or our loved ones, however, early detection and treatment can buy time and have significant impact on quality life. Catching warning signs early is a key then.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of all possible symptoms. If you suspect Alzheimer’s Disease may be an issue, seeking the opinion of a medical professional is vital. At Home Senior Care Inc. provides this list to help guide in knowing there might be a problem.
Please note, we all experience these symptoms to some degree sometimes throughout our lives. If these symptoms combine to indicate a developing pattern, you may want to consider the possibility of Alzheimer’s Disease and seek help for yourself or a loved one.
- Short Term Memory Gaps
Long term memory may hold on much longer with the early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. That can be very deceiving to then believe everything is fine. When short term memory shows missing pieces or difficulty committing recent memories to long term memory, that can indicate a problem.
- Loss of Focus
Difficulty attending to the task at hand or remaining with a task through multiple steps could be a warning sign. This is especially true if it is a task that is normally or regularly performed.
- Loss of Time
Like memory difficulties, this can be a big problem. If the time between locations is lost or there is confusion about previous activities performed, you should seek attention right away.
- Missing Words
This can be in speech or in writing. If words come up missing as you try to use them more and more, this is a warning sign.
- Memory Displacement
This one is a little tougher to explain and goes more to long term memory. If you find yourself confused about what year you live in from time to time like suddenly reverting in your mind to a previous time in your life as if it is the present, that is a problem. A milder version is forgetting that significant people in your life have died or that important, milestone events have already occurred.
- Family Notices Problems Before the Individual
This is a tough one and it goes to trust. The individual in question might have trouble noticing the problem. It is upon loved ones to point out what they see for the individual’s best interests.
- Difficulty Planning
Increased difficulty planning for the future can be a warning sign.
- Slips in Judgment
This can be dangerous. Putting one’s self in danger or making questionable choices needs immediate attention.
- Withdrawal from Life
This is a common coping mechanism. As the above symptoms become more serious, it can be easier to pull away from life activities which have become more confusing or frustrating.
- Changes in Mood and Personality
Any shifts in who a person was can indicate that something is changing and might be amiss.
If you have any concerns about Alzheimer’s Disease for you or a loved one, contact your doctor right away. Early detection can make a huge difference.