Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease of the brain. In the early stages, people experience some memory loss which progresses to marked memory loss, then to a decrease in thinking ability such as decision making. Later the disease leads to the loss in the ability to perform activities of daily living or recognize loved ones.
Here are 10 early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood or personality
While some of these symptoms are typical to some degree and are part of aging, if you or your loved one is experiencing any of these Alzheimer’s warning signs, don’t ignore them. Consult with your doctor. There are numerous benefits with early detection. These include exploring and maximizing available treatment options, having time to make decisions and a care plan for the future, and seeking advice and support for yourself and your loved ones.
Visit the Alzheimer’s Association website for more information, including the differences between an Alzheimer’s warning sign and a typical age-related change.