Every 66 seconds, someone in America is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. This disease causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. While Alzheimer’s is diagnosed through a complete medical assessment, the Alzheimer’s Association lists 10 warning signs, including:
“Memory loss that disrupts daily life, especially forgetting recently learned information, or important dates or events. It may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. Individuals may experience one or more of these 10 signs in different degrees.”
The second sign is a challenge in planning or solving problems, such as having difficulty following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills.
Difficulty in completing familiar daily tasks at home, work, or leisure, such as remembering how to drive home, or the rules to a favorite game may point to Alzheimer’s. Also, confusing time, place, or seasons may be a concern.
Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships, such as frustration reading, judging distance, and determining color or contrast can be an Alzheimer’s clue.
The sixth sign includes new problems with words in speaking and writing, such as trouble following and joining a conversation, and finding correct names for common things. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps is sign seven, while the eighth sign is decreased or poor judgment, such as when making radical financial decisions.
Withdrawal from work or social activities, and significant changes in mood and personality are the last two signs, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Some difficulties may be typical age-related changes, and not signs of a serious health condition. Medical doctors can address concerns and provide a diagnosis and treatment plan for symptoms. While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, early detection can be beneficial.
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