Spotting the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

August 13, 2014

Alzheimer’s disease might not yet have a cure, but healthcare providers can offer medications and other strategies to manage progressing symptoms. With early detection, you and your loved ones can also have more time to create a course of action regarding medical, financial and caregiving issues. To get ahead of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis, though, it’s important to talk to a physician as soon as early warning signs present.

Communication Struggles

We’ve all had those “tip of the tongue” moments where you search for the right word only to remember it long after it could have been of use in a conversation. Those instances are often normal. But when it becomes difficult to have a conversation, or if a loved one can’t recall the proper names of simple objects, Alzheimer’s may be to blame.

Emotional Distress

Many circumstances can lead to an emotional outburst. A fender bender. A fight with your spouse. Even a particularly intense football game can be enough to make you frustrated and irritable. But when Alzheimer’s is at play, upsetting emotions—anger, panic, confusion—can arise on a frequent basis for seemingly unknown reasons.

Waning Judgment

Most people learn to bathe and dress themselves by early childhood. But as the Alzheimer’s Association notes, Alzheimer’s sufferers can find it difficult to perform these tasks. Logic and reason may also suffer. For example, someone with this condition might give confidential data like his social security number to strange callers or visitors.

Declining Perception

Perhaps one of the most evident Alzheimer’s symptoms is lost sense of time. Disorientation, such as not remembering how they got to work, can be common among Alzheimer’s patients. Others may struggle to keep track of their calendars. While a healthy person might mix up the occasional date, an Alzheimer’s sufferer can confuse months or even years.

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