Recognizing some of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. As people get older it is natural to expect that some of their abilities will change. However, each individual’s abilities and health are different.
Instead of simply accepting that matters must decline rapidly with age, medical researchers encourage people to try and cultivate and maintain a positive outlook. With thoughtful effort the quality of one’s life even in older age can be enjoyable.
If it becomes apparent that there is a change that is beginning to affect the quality of life? How can an individual know, if it is something that is just a normal tendency of aging, or a sign of a serious illness such as Alzheimer’s?
Some of the defining aspects of the early Signs of Alzheimer’s are as follows:
* Memory loss that goes beyond the forgetfulness of someone’s name that they may not see regularly or the recalling of some minor event, or missing an appointment. People who are battling Alzheimer’s will have trouble retaining recently learned information. They may forget major events, and seem to block out people that should be familiar to their environment.
* Having a growing difficulty with language or numbers. It will go beyond the occasional search for a certain word and develop into the loss of common words such as “chair” for example. Or the need to replace one word for another such as “food” instead of “drink”. The ability to communicate with others will greatly diminish.
* People suffering from Alzheimer’s will begin to have difficulty handling very simple routines such as getting dressed or preparing a meal.
* They will be easily disoriented and in neighborhoods and routes that should be familiar to them. They also begin to lose track of time.
* They begin to have trouble making simple judgment calls as simple as what to wear on a colder day.
* Due to the confusion and pressures from increasing dementia a person with Alzheimer’s will feel understandably frustrated, angry, and afraid. This will escalate into dramatic mood swings and ultimately a possible change in their basic personality.
* The challenges that face some people with Alzheimer’s become too much to deal with. They may eventually seek to withdraw from any normal activity. They may show increasing indifference to their surroundings or circumstances.
If an individual begins to exhibit some of these signs it is important to contact their doctor as soon as possible. Whether it is a temporary condition brought on by a period of stress or other disease, or if it is Alzheimer’s. The key to battling dementia or Alzheimer’s with any success, is to get it diagnosed early and receive the necessary help, and best care to slow its progress.
People with treatable conditions often fear having Alheimer’s, because someone they know, thinks they have the early signs of Alzheimer’s. Instead of getting to a doctor for an expert opinion they worry needlessly for weeks, months and even longer.
Please do get checked if you suspect a problem or you’re becoming stressed from not knowing. The stress and worry created by putting it off can cause other health issues. My blessings to you. May what you suspect to be the early signs of Alzheimer’s be something easy to remedy.