Many people can recognize early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease before the patient’s family reaches out for help. Early treatment can help prolong their life, especially if you can easily recognize the first signs of the disease. Once you begin noticing the first signs, schedule an appointment to go with your loved one to the doctor. It is likely that the patient will deny that there is a problem, this is something that my mom did in the beginning stages. With the use of brain imaging technology, doctors can quickly diagnose early signs of Alzheimer’s which can assist in decreasing the effects of symptoms that come with Alzheimer’s disease. In the United States alone about 200,000 people are currently experiencing the early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Here are some signs and symptoms that you or a loved one is experiencing Alzheimer’s disease.
Being too much forgetful is the most common symptom that one is developing Alzheimer’s disease. Quickly forgetting newly learned things such as events, names and dates are already considered to be the most basic signs of Alzheimer’s disease. If you or a loved one is experiencing this symptom, it would be wise to get help from a medical professional right away before it gets too late.
People who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are more often agitated or anxious. They may pace and move around constantly and get fixated on details. They get agitated with feeling stressed out, confusion, fear, and fatigue with trying to understand why most things that they knew no longer make any sense to them.
Difficulty in Performing Simple Tasks
A person who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease may have issues with finishing or simple tasks that they have already done before. As simple as cooking, shaving, playing their favorite game or even tying a shoelace can be a frustrating task for someone who is experiencing Alzheimer’s disease.
You might find it funny to see a remote inside the freezer, a car key in the aquarium or other stuff in weird places but this is a serious sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Although most of us can associate being forgetful with aging, individuals with Alzheimer’s disease tends to be more forgetful.
Difficulty with Communicating
If you happen to meet someone who is having difficulties in communicating or is not able to finish the conversation that you are in with, then it may mean that they have Alzheimer’s disease. As Alzheimer’s disease advances, an individual’s communication and language skills declines. They may struggle using the right words, calling people their false names and may repeat their statements several times. My mom had Alzheimer’s, and she would constantly say the same thing over and over.
Seeing People That They Think They Recognize
After my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she would often “see” my brother; he was stationed in the UK at the time. She always missed him for some reason and never did that with my other siblings. So if your loved one sees other people and calls them a different name, you have to ignore it. We always told her that my brother was overseas and we wouldn’t try to correct her.
Also, my mom often had a difficult time handling money. Often, if she wanted to purchase a drink or ice cream from her favorite drive-thru, and she would often hand the cashier way too much or not enough money to cover her purchase. Thankfully, most of the times that we were with her the clerk was honest and helped her sort it out.
The symptoms mentioned above are some of the most common signs that you have Alzheimer’s Disease. Nonetheless, your doctor is still the best person to let you know more about what you are experiencing. If you fear you have the illness, visit a neurologist as soon as possible. A neurologist can help you eliminate any other potential health problems that are related to the symptoms. Also, it will also provide you a way to start medication and care for Alzheimer’s Disease.