Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
The Alzheimer’s Association puts forward ten main warning signs as a checklist to educate all family members. This helps you to understand if anyone in the family may be suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. You can then get further investigation by qualified medical people and more help if you or your loved one is showing the signs on this list:
Loss of Memory:
It is natural for the elderly to forget some names or things. Sometimes, Alzheimer’s patients are unable to recollect recent events. One of the most common signs is when people do not remember any part at all of a memorable personal event.
Language and Communication Skills:
Alzheimer’s disease patients lose their mastery over language and cannot communicate well. They use vague words which can be incomprehensible to others. They also forget simple words used in daily conversations. They cannot express themselves properly and clearly. Normally, old people fumble for words only occasionally. If you see your loved one stumbling more and more often, one possibility is that they might have A.D.
Regular and Routine Jobs:
Alzheimer makes people incapable of planning or thinking about their routine. They are unable to complete normal tasks like making telephone calls, combing hairs, etc. They turn ‘blank’ at times and cannot remember why or what they were thinking of doing.
Impaired Judgment Capacity:
Sometimes, old people make vague decisions. If you have Alzheimer’s disease, you are prone to making irrational decisions regularly – like giving away huge sums of money without reason or wearing improper clothing which is unsuitable for the weather conditions.
A person’s personality does change with age. As a person ages, they are much more sure of who they are and can become more dignified and command greater respect with age. However, people with Alzheimer’s disease undergo drastic personality changes like becoming confused and dependent on family members, or suspicious of everything and everybody, or scared of everything.
Familiarity with Surroundings:
Alzheimer’s disease patients forget their own neighborhood, lose their way and may wander anywhere. They may not be able to find their way back home or remember how they got somewhere. If you have a loved one with this disease, get them a bracelet with their address and phone number.
Reluctance to Do Anything:
Alzheimer’s disease patients are uninterested in anything around them and they may sit in front of laptop for hours at a stretch, but not even follow the movie which they are watching.
Although it is common for you to misplace things at times, people with Alzheimer’s disease put things in the most unusual places like keys in refrigerator or a coin purse in a sugar bowl, or even in the garbage.
Abrupt Changes in Mood:
Although you feel moody at times, patients with Alzheimer’s disease develop sharp changes in their moods.
People with Alzheimer’s disease find it difficult to do mental calculations. Most older people can keep their mental faculties sharp.