7 Symptoms of Alzheimers

7 Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

by Charlie Kimball · 0 comments

One of the biggest concerns about aging is the onset of Alzheimer’s.

This cognitive disease does not develop overnight; rather it is a progressive disease which has several warning symptoms. If you’re a caretaker, it’s important to know some of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s Warning Signs

  1. Bad judgment – This can come in subtle ways. For instance, where once your loved one normally wore the right clothes for the season, they could start wearing anything. It can also come in dangerous ways, like being prone to give their credit card number to telemarketers.alz.org

  2. Depression and loss of energy – Your loved one starts to sit around all day and watch the television for hours at a time.  They don’t seem to want to do anything more than watch the day go by, or sleep the day away.

  3. Has trouble finding words – Not finding the right word, or not being able to come up with common words is a sign of Alzheimer’s.  If they’re talking about a store and then forget the name of the store, this is a warning sign.

  4. Has trouble with simple tasks – They might have done something a million times, but they seem to not be able to figure it out.  This might apply to making food, doing their favorite hobby, or using an appliance.

  5. General Disorientation – They might forget people around them, perhaps they don’t know what day or time it is, or what year it is.  This is one of the reasons to keep a senior medical alert bracelet handy, since people with Alzheimer’s might be prone to wander.

  6. Has trouble with problem solving – They might have once been a whiz with finances, but now they’re not able to balance a checkbook. Complex decisions take much longer, or become impossible.

  7. Changes in personality – Personalities can change as we grow older, but it can be quite dramatic with Alzheimer’s.  Having a routine disrupted might cause a great upheaval in their lives where it was once simply a blip on the horizon.

 

Having these things happen once in a while might be a natural symptom associated with aging, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, but when it becomes more intense and interrupts daily life, it’s time to go see a doctor.

If your older loved one is experiencing and exhibiting these signs, take them to their doctor for an examination.  Like having an emergency response system, the faster the diagnosis, the faster a safety net can be put into place.

 

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