Recognizing The Early Symptoms Of Alzheimer

Alzheimer’s disease like many conditions involving dementia interferes with the way the human brain works. There are many symptoms that manifest themselves during the course of the disease, some are the ones most commonly discovered during the early stage. It is these symptoms that cause the individual to seek medical advise. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common of these dementia conditions that destroy a person’s memories, cause deterioration in cognitive ability and can even cause delirium. The diagnosis is important to differentiate Alzheimer’s from other dementia conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and others. The treatment differs for all of these conditions, so the diagnosis is the first step to getting the correct treatment plan. Getting the diagnosis early makes a difference because the earlier treatment starts the better your response to the medications. The medications prescribed normally for Alzheimer’s can slow the progression of the disease giving the individual and family members precious time.

Most individuals are diagnosed around age 65 or after. Your chance of developing the symptoms for Alzheimer’s increases with age. Did you know that there are two risk factors that if you have one or both of them it increases your risk for developing Alzheimer’s? These two risk factors are having a family member that has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or having Down syndrome.

A common sign that most individuals recognize as being associated with Alzheimer’s is short-term memory loss that has occurred gradually. Other symptoms or signs include not recognizing familiar objects, forgetting how to use simple tools such as writing implements or kitchen tools, habitually forgetting to turn off the stove or lock doors.

Symptoms that are less common and may vary include agitation, using poor judgment or having mood or personality changes such as getting angry when tired when this is an unusual trait for the individual.

Just because a person experiences one or more of the above symptoms on occasion does not mean they have Alzheimer’s disease. These signs or symptoms are significant when they progressively become worse over time or when they endanger the life of the individual or the lives of others. If you notice that you or someone else has these signs or symptoms it is a good idea to have a doctor discuss the possibilities, and make a diagnosis.

Clues that there may be a problem that needs to be addressed with your physician includes the above symptoms and signs as well as if you tend to forget appointments or conversations that you have had, have a difficult time remembering new information or are unable to handle complex (more than one step) tasks. Other signs that there may be a problem is the individual starts to get confused while driving such as not being able to navigate familiar roads or noticing that finding proper words becomes difficult when you are conversing with others. Someone with early stage of Alzheimer’s may also become easily irritated or may have a change in personality such as becoming dishonest or start behaviors like sexual promiscuity or relationship cheating.

If you or someone close to you experiences these signs or symptoms it can be very frightening and even dangerous especially when stoves are left on or the individual forgets how to operate a dangerous piece of machinery and attempts to do so.

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