Alzheimer’s Early Symptoms

Living With Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s Early Symptoms

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a brain disease that progresses until it causes death to the person suffering from it. It is the most common which cause of memory loss, which is referred to as dementia. Alzheimer’s disease mainly affects older individuals of age 65 and above. However, there are some cases of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Because it affects older people, many times the Alzheimer’s early symptoms are overlooked or taken to be part of the normal aging process. It is therefore of utmost importance to be able to distinguish between normal aging signs and Alzheimer’s early symptoms.

A person exhibiting some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s should be taken to see a doctor. A medical doctor, in most cases a neurologist, is the only one who can make this diagnosis. Even though the patient is exhibiting some of the Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, it does not automatically mean that they have the disease. They may be suffering from another neurological disease that causes dementia.

The progression of Alzheimer’s disease is divided into 3 stages, according to the severity of the symptoms. These stages are mild, moderate and severe/advanced. Alzheimer’s early symptoms will occur in the mild stage.

Some of Alzheimer’s early symptoms are:

Memory loss – This is probably one of the most obvious but generally overlooked of the Alzheimer’s early symptoms. The patient will have trouble remembering recent occurrences, will misplace items and have trouble remembering where they put them, placing items in odd places, re-telling a story over and over again, getting lost and finding it difficult to re-trace their steps, forgetting how to do certain things, or taking unusually long to carry out tasks that they used to do or carry out regularly and easily such as preparing meals.

Language problems – A person may have difficulty expressing themselves or become incoherent, or may use inappropriate words for things.

Losing track of time – The person may forget what time it is, or day, season or year. They may also find themselves in a place and not remember how they got there.

Problems with abstract thinking – The disease may cause a person to be unable to carry out complex tasks like balancing a checkbook. This is because they may not be able to understand what the numbers mean.

Mood swings – rapid changes from happiness to unexplained anger can be an early symptom of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s early symptoms are quite often misdiagnosed in early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Early diagnosis and correct diagnosis of the disease is extremely important. Being put on medication and various other treatments has been shown to slow the progression of the disease. If you think a loved one has some of the symptoms, you should observe them carefully. Watch out for any difficulties they are experiencing or for any changes in their behavior.