Forget what day it is? Lost your keys? Can’t think of the word? Could be typical, related to age – or not.
Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease with no cure. The biggest risk factor is age, and since women tend to live longer than men, it occurs in more women.
Before seeing a doctor – choose one with experience with diagnosing Alzheimer’s – the spouse or family members should keep a log of specific symptoms that have occurred. Also, bring all medication to the appointment and a list of current and previous health problems.
The 10 signs of Alzheimer’s Disease are:
- Memory changes that disrupt daily life, like not remembering phone numbers or addresses.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks, such as setting the table or following a well-used recipe.
- Confusion with time or place.
- Trouble with visual images and spatial relationships, interpreting a sequence of instructions.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
- Decreased or poor judgment, like giving money to charities or to anybody who asks.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities, because they realize something is wrong.
- Changes in mood and personality, often becoming more bitter, just not like themselves.
The Daily Courier