If you’ve been noticing some changes with your loved one in recent weeks or months, you may be noticing some early signs of Alzheimer’s. This disease of the brain can cause memory loss and decline in thinking and reasoning skills. While some of this type of thing comes on as a result of old age, there is a distinct difference between the changes that come with old age and the changes that come with Alzheimer’s, but what are they.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association there are 10 common signs and symptoms that might signal a need for further investigation into your loved ones health. They include:
- Mood or personality change: If your loved one is pulling back from social activities this could be a symptom.
- Worsening judgement. Judgement issues can show themselves in a variety of ways like poor grooming or bad financial decisions.
- Losing or misplacing things. A lost set of keys is not cause for alarm, but an inability to retrace steps to find those keys may be.
- Language issues. If someone is having trouble following a conversation or cannot name a common item, this could be a sign or symptom.
- Vision problems. While not all patients with Alzheimer’s exhibit issues with vision, it is common in some people.
- Confusion with times and places. If your loved one has difficulty remembering what season we are in or where the local grocery store is you may want to seek help.
- Difficulty with common tasks. Making up a grocery list is a pretty common task that may give someone with early Alzheimer’s difficulty.
- Issues with problem solving. Tracking monthly bills or working with numbers in some way can become a sign that your loved one may have symptoms.
- Memory loss. While forgetting a name may not be considered a common symptom, it would be considered symptomatic if the memory loss your loved one is experiencing is affecting daily life.
While none of these early signs of Alzheimer’s are definitive that your loved one is experiencing the disease, they may be cause for further investigation. Letting these signs/symptoms go for long periods of time may lead to a more serious symptom and certainly more severe difficulties in the long term.