Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disease which is the most common form of dementia. This disease results in a decline of memory loss, thinking and reasoning skills.  There are 10 warning signs and symptoms, if you notice any of these symptoms please schedule an appointment with your doctor.

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, is forgetting recently learned information. The person might be asking for the same information over and over, and increasingly needs to rely on memory aids such as notes or family members for things they used to handle on their own.

Typical age-related change: Sometimes forgetting information, but remembering them later.

2. Challenges in planning or solving problems

Some people might experience changes in their ability to develop plans or work with numbers. They may have trouble following familiar recipes or keeping track of monthly bills. They could also struggle to concentrate and take longer to do things they did before.

Typical age-related change: Making occasional errors.

3. Difficulty Completing Tasks

People with Altzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. They might have trouble driving to familiar locations, managing a budget or remembering rules of a favourite game.

Typical age-related change: Occasionally needing help with electronics.

4. Confusion with time or place

People with Altzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. They may forget where they are how they got there.

Typical age-related change: Getting confused with they day of the week, but figuring out later.

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

Sometimes vision problems could be a sign of Alzheimer’s. They could experience difficulty reading, distance and colour contrast. This could cause problems with driving.

Typical age-related change: Vision changes related to cataracts.

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing

They might have trouble following or joining a conversation. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and might struggle to continue or repeat themselves. Vocabulary might also be a problem, calling things by the wrong name.

Typical age-related change: Sometimes have trouble finding the right word.

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. Sometimes they lose things and be unable to retrace their steps to find them. They may accuse people of stealing. This occurs more frequently over time.

Typical age-related change: Misplacing things from time to time and retracing steps to find them.

8. Poor Judgement

A person with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgement or decision-making. They may pay less attention to grooming and could give away large sums of money unnecessarily.

Typical age-related change: Making a bad decision once in a while.

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities

People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble keeping up with a favourite sport or have trouble remembering how to complete a hobby. This might cause them to avoid social events or to remove themselves from hobbies.

Typical age-related change: Sometimes feeling weary of work, family or social obligations.

10. Changes in Mood or personality

People with Alzheimer’s could become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset in familiar situations.

Typical age-related change: Developing specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.

Meer inligting by: http://www.alz.org

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