Saturday 21 September is World Alzheimer’s Day. Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disease that causes memory loss and a slow decline in cognitive abilities. Below are some warning signs that may be experienced during the early stages of Alzheimer’s. If you experience any of these symptoms, talk to your physician.
- Memory loss that affects day-to-day life
Memory loss – particularly the loss of recently learned information – is one of the most common signs of Alzheimer ’s disease. People experiencing memory loss from Alzheimer’s may forget important dates or events, or may need to rely on family members for things they have previously been able to handle by themselves.
- Difficulty solving problems or planning
Another sign of Alzheimer’s disease is a change in the ability to develop and follow a plan. People experiencing this sign may have difficulty following instructions or keeping track of tasks, and may also experience a difficulty in working with numbers.
- Challenges in finishing common tasks
People experiencing the symptoms of Alzheimers often have difficulty in approaching their daily tasks, such as managing their household chores.
- Confusion with time or location
Alzheimer’s can effect a person’s ability to keep track of time and place. They may have trouble understanding something not happening immediately, and may even forget where they are.
- Vision problems
Some vision problems may be a sign of Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s may cause difficulty in reading or judging distance, which can cause problems with driving.
- Loss of language skill
Alzheimer’s disease can also cause people to have some difficulty with following or joining a conversation. They may also struggle with vocabulary.
- Changes in mood and personality
People with Alzheimer’s can experience changes in mood and personality. They can easily become upset, anxious, suspicious or angry in places where they are out of their comfort zone.