Five Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
Many seniors, in fact, most people today with a lot on their minds, have upsetting lapses of memory. Whether it’s forgetting a name, a phone number, or walking into a room and forgetting why you entered in the first place, these lapses are annoying but are usually nothing to worry about.
As we age, however, we may become concerned that these memory lapses are the first signs of Alzheimer’s. Worry not. In most cases, if you remember the information later, it’s not a sign of Alzheimer’s.
Here are five signs that may be cause for concern, however, and should be checked out by a doctor.
1. Asking for the same information multiple times – We all forget names, important dates, or appointments once in a while. And the more packed our schedule is, the more likely we are to forget. That’s why the make calendars and calendar apps! But if you have to keep asking for the same information over and over again, and still can’t remember, this could be a sign of Alzheimer’s. Similarly, if you forget information you recently learned, even when it has personal relevance to you, this could be a sign of Alzheimer’s. And if it gets to a point where you can’t seem to remember anything and need your calendar or reminder notes for every appointment, there may be a problem, too.
2. Trouble working with numbers or sequential steps – It’s okay to follow a recipe for a dish you’ve only made a few times, but when you have trouble even remembering a few steps of the recipe at a time, it could be cause for concern. If you forget due dates on bills or have difficulty working with numbers, such as balancing your checkbook, you should mention it to your doctor as a potential sign of Alzheimer’s.
3. Trouble completing tasks that were previously second nature – Ever drive home from the grocery store, space out, and miss a turn? That’s not a problem. But if you consistently get lost driving home from familiar places, forget the rules to a favorite game, or have trouble completing daily tasks, get a professional opinion from your doctor.
4. Getting confused about the current date, time or place – Once in a while (especially during the lazy days of summer) everyone stops to ask, “What day is it?” But if you’re having trouble marking the passage of time or understanding concepts of past, present and future, this could be a sign of Alzheimer’s.
5. Forgetting where you are or how you got there – Everyone spaces out once in a while en route to a familiar destination; that’s called “putting your brain on auto-pilot.” But if you frequently forget where you are or have no recollection of traveling there, you’ll want to talk to your doctor about testing for Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of Americans, but that doesn’t mean your memory lapses or normal forgetfulness are a sign of the degenerative disease. However, the sooner Alzheimer’s is detected, the faster it can be treated, which can stop the disease from progressing as quickly.
While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, there is hope for people to live happy, fulfilling lives with proper treatment. If you suspect that you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s, get an evaluation from a doctor today.
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