As we grow older, we all slow down to a degree. We don’t move as quick and may have to give up the marathons or rollerblading. We may have to give up our beloved spicy foods because our stomachs just don’t work as well as they once did. And often, we forget things or become absentminded. But when does this forgetfulness become something we need to be worried about?
If Alzheimer’s illness has you worried, then you’re not alone. Thousands of folks each year are being diagnosed. You and your loved ones can look for indicative behaviors of the illness to offer you a better idea of whether you want to see a doctor and get tested.
1. Memory loss. If you or a friend has trouble remembering information that was learned not so long ago, then that might be evidence of the disease. We’re not speaking of long term memory, but something as easy as what day to take out the trash. Often forgetting a date or name is not a cause for concern. This happens to most people at one time or another.
2. Communication problems. Often, the simplest words in the world are the toughest for Alzheimer’s sufferers to recall. When this happens, at times they will substitute peculiar words or even complete nonsense. Their writing gets sloppy or unreadable. Everybody at some specific point forgets a word, but if it’s a consistent pattern, then it could be another indication of Alzheimer’s symptoms.
3. Difficulty with everyday jobs. This might be anything from forgetting the simplest way to make their favorite pancake batter, when it is something that they have done for years, to placing a telephone call and forgetting what they were calling about.
4. Getting lost or disoriented. You will frequently hear stories about somebody troubled with Alzheimer’s sitting on a bus station bench because they couldn’t remember where they were going. Occasionally, they can get lost in a well known place and forget how to get home. When a well-recognized setting, such as a church service, starts to feel disorienting or scarey, that may also be a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease.
5. Mood swings and personality changes. Often, someone with Alzheimer’s disease has mood swings for no obvious reason. They could be cheerful and joking one minute then unexpectedly show intense anger over something insignificant or imagined. A once independent, assured person could all of a sudden be clingy with a family member or become suspicious of the postman.
6. Diminished judgment. An individual who attempts to wear a swimming suit in the dead of winter or a raincoat on a hot summer day might be suffering from Alzheimer’s symptoms. They might also think it is completely logical to dry their socks in the toaster. Not seeing the danger or hazarding their health is a huge caution sign.
7. Misplacing things or not understanding complex jobs. Often, folk with Alzheimer’s will put their ice cream in the stove or their laundry in the dishwasher. Misplacing things intermittently happens, but when it is frequent with no clear rhyme or reason, there should be cause for concern. Not having the ability to play a favorite game or balance a checkbook any more are also indicators.
If any of these Alzheimer’s symptoms show up in a friend or maybe even yourself, you should definitely check with your doctor. An early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s could mean beginning treatments that may slow down this illness. So far there’s no cure, but gaining many months of lucidity can mean the world to you and your family.