Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms of Alzheimer disease usually develop slowly and get worse over time. Truth is, forgetfulness comes with ageing. However, forgetfulness that affects our day-to-day activities could be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Most of us park such symptoms thinking it to be a normal condition. It is important to pay attention to the repeated incidents of forgetting things and consult a doctor.
There are many symptoms that could be known as early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. These symptoms may come as a big surprise to you as you might have never realized that these could be the symptoms.
Alzheimer’s disease shows an increasing trend and it might rise up to 5.1 million people in the US. People aged 65 and older will become more than double between the years 2010 and 2050. The number may go up to 88.5 million or 20% of the American population. About half million Americans who are below 65 also have some symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
1.Our daily life involves a lot of planning and prioritization, which makes our life simple and easy. It might just start a fine day when the things that you do often, even as a routine, might become difficult for you to prioritize and manage. It could be either preparing your things to do list at work or following a recipe that you usually follow. As these are things that could happen to anyone, you might end up ignoring such a lack as a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease.
2. Visual impact.
Poor eyesight can also be associated with Alzheimer’s disease. You might find it difficult to read or identify colors. It may also happen so that you may have difficulties in driving or identify places that you have seen before. Hence, it is to be noted that eyesight is not only an indication of growing old.
3. Vocabulary challenge
During conversations, you might tend to search for words or vocabulary with which you want to express things on your mind. Such situations might lead to frustrations and the flow of words or thought process may be hampered. These are nothing but symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.
4. Getting lost
No matter how many times you have passed across the same lane or crossed the same road, suddenly you feel lost. You might feel that you have come to the place before but a weird anxiety arrests your mind, which makes you tensed and feel lost. The mind goes wandering and searching for the right way, leaving you confused. It may also happen that you might meet people and are not able to remember their names or the relationship that you share with them. This is a very common thing to happen, however, requires consulting a doctor when it happens often.
5. Decision making
Person who is at an entry level of Alzheimer’s disease may have difficulty in making decisions. They might end up doing poor judgment. It could be as simple as going and getting groceries for your home. A person with Alzheimer’s disease might end up buying the same vegetables every day or buying stuff that is already available at home. Such decision-making will not only affect your life but also the ones, who live with you.
6. Moody personality
When you become moody and it has a lasting effect, it is definitely a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. It might become difficult for you to get back to a normal lifestyle. You might start avoiding people, get out of social activities and withdraw yourself from hobbies that you are regularly involved into.
7. Typing or writing skills
It is just not what you say, what you write may also be affected. You may become slow in your writing skills as well as your daily chores. You might end up spending a lot of time thinking and writing style may become different and illegible at times.
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