Signs and symptoms of someone having alzheimer
At a point in time, have you ever experienced being focused unnecessarily? Like, you rush from office down home to take your office keys you forgot at home and alas! The keys are right in your pocket? Or have you witnessed a situation whereby you can’t recall the last task you did or looking around at home for something you did? What about you trying to remember a name of someone you know? These are all results of memory slips which are very natural and normal. According to a neurologist at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Scott M. McGinnis who said “Everyone has these experiences sometimes, but if they frequently happen to you or someone you love, they may be early signs of Alzheimer’s disease”.
If there is a progressive declination in cognitive function which is due to damage or disease in the brain beyond what might be expected from normal aging which most especially affects areas like memory, attention, judgement, language and problem solving, then this could be a sign of having dementia. There are many factors that can also causes memory loss aside dementia which includes vitamin B12 deficiency, brain, thyroid, or kidney disorders. Meanwhile, having several other symptoms could be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease.
It is on record that Alzheimer’s disease is the most known form of dementia. It is estimated that approximately 6 million people aged 65 and older – and 200,000 under the age of 65 – have some form of Alzheimer’s. Therefore, recognizing the signs of this disease can help to lead to a better solution. So, if you notice any of the following signs, don’t hesitate to visit your doctor.
- Forgetfulness: The most common form of dementia is loss of memory. It all started by causing short-term memory before it escalated to long-term effect. It might just begin by been at a place without remembering the reason for been there or you just can’t recall a simple activity you just did or you suddenly forget the route you normally follow. Others include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over, and increasingly needing to rely on memory aids (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices).
- Poor concentration: When you are so confused and find it difficult to solve a particular problem and have poor concentration in doing it. If you experience poor concentration on normal activities, it takes much longer than they used to and seems complex than usual.
- Challenges in planning and solving problems: Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before. The disease can make someone have difficult in working a simple analysis they are acquainted.
- Change of moods: People with Alzheimer’s disease often experience change in mood. While it is normal to for people to slow down as they are getting older like them restricting themselves in some aspect of life, some changes in person’s basic disposition are not usually normal and might be signs of dementia. For example, someone that is very social and well known for that just decided to stop hanging out or engaging in social acts. Although, depression has been noticed to have influence in Alzheimer’s disease which can cause symptoms such as loss of interest in favorite hobby or activity.
- Language and speaking problems: People that are affected by dementia often go through language problems. They typically have trouble recalling the right words in conversations and while writing. Take for example; someone suffering dementia would call a watch a “hand clock”. Such confusion and impaired word-finding strength can also cause them to stop abruptly in the middle of sentences or conversations.
- Strange behavior: A person with Alzheimer’s disease also possess strange behaviors like using foul languages and being uncouth, wearing few cloths and becoming more suspicious or highly agitated. Most especially if they are not behaving in such manner before.
Note: If you are able to notice these signs/symptoms in you or someone close to you, make it a duty by contacting your doctor. Early diagnosis is very pertinent as it helps to bring out ways dementia can be easily treated before it escalates.