Alzheimer’s Disease affects more than 5 million Americans. According to the Alzheimer’s Association in 2016 there were approximately 390,000 people from the ages of 65-85+ with the disease in New York State. This number is estimated to increase each year.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
According to the National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s disease is classified as being an irreversible brain disorder that slowly destroys skills pertaining to memory and thinking in individuals. This will then eventually lead to the inability to carry out simple tasks.
10 Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
There are 10 common signs that are associated with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. From memory loss to difficulty with planning, problem solving and communication are some common signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
1. Memory Loss: This is one of the first signs typically associated with Alzheimer’s disease. This is especially relevant when newly learned information is forgotten as well as repetition of the same information, forgetting important dates or events and the reliance on memory aids.
2. Difficulty with Planning or Problem Solving: Concentration and the completion of activities that are basic can become hard for your loved one. This can be from keeping track of monthly bills to following a recipe.
3. Withdrawing from Work or Social Activities: Lack of interest in certain activities that were once enjoyed perhaps due to forgetfulness of the activity or embarrassment.
4. Confusion with Time or Place: Forgetting where you live, getting lost easily, forgetting dates, forgetting where they are or how they got there, seasons and times are some signs of confusion associated with Alzheimer’s.
5. Difficulty with Communication: Early signs of this disease communication may not be as noticeable. This could be from repeating stories or forgetting words. As the disease progresses the disease can create the use of using familiar words repeatedly, inventing new words, etc..
6. Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks: When tasks become difficult to complete from managing a budget to remembering the rules to your favorite game.
7. Poor or Impaired Judgement: Poor judgement can be in the form of ignoring safety whether it be on the road or health, giving lots of money away and personal hygiene is neglected.
8. Mood and Personality Changes: With early stages of the disease individuals may become more irritable and have more anxiety or depression. In the later stages of the disease, individuals may become more agitated resulting in more verbal or physical outbursts, emotional distress, restlessness, pacing, yelling, delusions or hallucinations.
9. Often Misplacing Items: Putting items in unusual places, such as placing car keys in the freezer, can be an early indicator of the disease. This can also lead the person to accusing others of stealing from them when items are misplaced by them.
10. Difficulty with Decision Making: When it comes to making decisions, this task may become difficult because they cannot decide what to do, they need assistance with making decisions, are forgetful of past decisions, decisions that may put others at risk and more.
Alzheimer’s disease can be diagnosed by going to a doctor that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of this disease. If you are concerned that a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, contact a physician in your area today.
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