10 Early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

14 Nov
2014
By Amelia Smith

Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disease that affects the memory and reasoning ability of a person. The patients suffering from Alzheimer’s often show symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and it is important that we recognize these symptoms. The 10 Early signs of Alzheimer’s are the following.

symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

Memory loss is the first of Alzheimer’s symptoms. It is however important to know the difference between forgetfulness due to aging and memory loss due to this disease. Forgetting your keys or names of people who you have been introduced to recently is a sign of aging. When a person starts to forget things that were part of his daily routine like his or her habits, the names of his loved ones, his daily route to work etc, these are symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

Challenges in solving easy, work related problems like following a plan or following a simple recipe while cooking are a few early signs of Alzheimer’s. Persons suffering from the disease will also have trouble concentrating on a particular thing for too long.

People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. It becomes hard for them to complete the tasks and know what is to be done. They have difficulty in finding the directions to familiar locations. They have trouble in managing a budget at work or remembering what the rules of a favorite games use to be.

Another early sign of Alzheimer’s can be losing track of passage of time or of seasons and dates. People suffering from the disease may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. They tend to forget the sequence of events and how things became the way they are now. They may forget where they are or how did they get there.

Sometimes, one of Alzheimer’s symptoms can be having vision problems. People suffering may have difficulty in reading something, judging the distance from places or objects and determining color or contrast. They also have trouble in driving because of this.

Another symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is that people may have trouble in taking part in a conversation. Following or joining a conversation becomes a problem for them. They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves. The patients also struggle with vocabulary sometimes and have problem finding the right words or names for the objects.

Another early signs of Alzheimer’s disease is that people may put things in unusual places. They forget to keep things in the correct or usual places because they are unable to locate the correct place in their brain. The patients sometimes end up putting a banana in a shoe rack and a bag in the refrigerator. They may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again. They get lost because of this and may sometimes be unable to trace back their steps. People suffering from Alzheimer’s are sometimes accused of stealing. If this happens often this may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease.

Next one of the Alzheimer’s symptoms is experiencing changes in judgment or decision-making. People may use poor judgment when dealing with money and end up making some bad financial decisions like, giving large amounts to telemarketers. They may not keep themselves clean or pay attention to hygiene.

A person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves from work, hobbies, social activities or sports. This is another early signs of Alzheimer’s disease. They stop or reduce being social. They forget their favorite things to do, their hobbies, their favorite teams etc.

The last symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is that the people suffering from the disease experience a change in their mood and personalities. They can become confused, depressed, afraid, suspicious or anxiety driven. They may be easily upset by others at home, at work or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.

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Amelia Smith

Nutritionist, herbalist, health and medicine writer and yoga enthusiast, Amelia Smith, is a professional in the health, nutrition and diet industry.

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