“While no one can change the outcome of dementia or Alzheimer’s, with the right support you can change the journey.” ― Tara Reed
June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness month. At Premier, we would like to share with you 10 of the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s that may signify the need for you or your loved one to schedule a visit with your doctor for a checkup.
*Keep in mind that Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone differently.
10 Signs and Symptoms:
- Memory Loss: One of the most common signs, especially in the early stages is forgetting recently learned information or forgetting important events/dates that disrupt your daily life or continuing to ask the same questions repeatedly.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems: Some people may experience changes in following a plan or working with numbers. Trouble with keeping track of monthly bills or following a recipe.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks: People may experience difficulty completing daily tasks like organizing a grocery list or driving to a familiar location.
- Confusion with place or time: People living with Alzheimer’s may lose track of dates, the passage of time and seasons. Some may forget where they are and how they got there.
- Trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships: Issues with vision may lead to trouble with reading, keeping their balance, determining color/contrast and judging distances.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing: Examples include – trouble with joining or following a conversation, struggling with vocabulary, stopping in the middle of a sentence or difficulty naming a familiar object.
- Misplacing items and losing the ability to retrace their steps: Some people may put items in unusual places and may accuse others of stealing items they themselves misplaced.
- Poor or decreased judgement: Examples may include poor judgement when dealing with money or paying less attention to self-care and cleaning/grooming.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities: May experience a withdrawal from social engagements, activities and hobbies.
- Changes in mood and personality: Alzheimer’s can cause depression, anxiety, suspicion, fearfulness and/or confusion.
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