Don't Miss These Alzheimer's Warning Signs

December 24, 2015

According to CNN, another person in America will develop Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds and the number of people living with this disease is only expected to increase. Although this may be staggering news, it’s important to be able to detect the warning signs. Early diagnosis is integral to making sure Alzheimer’s patients can still live a comfortable day-to-day life.

1. Memory loss isn’t the only sign, but it is probably the most well-known. However, if you are forgetting small things like where your keys are, there’s probably no need to worry. If your memory loss starts to affect your everyday life, such as completely forgetting people or important dates and constantly relying on things such as reminder notes, this could be an early warning sign.

2. The second sign is not being able to work with numbers or follow plans that you’ve had no problem doing before.

3. If you aren’t able to handle daily tasks such as driving to a location you often visit or daily work activities, this may be a sign.

4. Is it getting harder to see words on a page or judge distance? Vision changes may be a symptom. Another vision related symptom is not being able to tell colors apart.

5. Losing things may seem common, but if you aren’t able to do things like retrace your steps or you’re placing things in unusual places it may be cause for concern. Often people with Alzheimer’s accuse people of stealing.

6. There may also be some confusion about time and place, making it hard to understand things that aren’t happening immediately. You may get lost easily or forget where you are.

7. Conversations and reading may become more difficult because vocabulary gets confusing. You may call things by the wrong name or repeat yourself a lot.

8. People with Alzheimer’s may experience mood and personality changes such as feeling depressed, anxious, suspicious or scared more often.

9. Decision-making skills can get worse as well. Some examples of this include not keeping up with personal hygiene or giving away money when you shouldn’t.

10. Something else one may notice is social withdrawal. A person with this disease may keep to themselves a lot more than usual, skipping out on their favorite activities or projects.

Whether you or a loved one is showing concerning signs, knowing whether or not it’s just part of the normal cycle of aging or a possible symptom is key to taking care of yourself. But don’t diagnose yourself at home. If you have any concerns or questions feel free to reach out to us here at Mount Laurel Center.

Mount Laurel Center is part of the Centers Healthcare family; New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island’s premier group of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and senior care services. To speak to a healthcare specialist and find out more about Mount Laurel Center, contact us by phone 24/7 at 856.235.7100, or visit us at 3718 Church Road Mount Laurel, NJ 08054.

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