When it comes to Alzheimer’s, knowledge is power. People who are diagnosed earlier are able to get more help with their symptoms and can make plans with family and loved ones for the best outcome possible. Knowing the early signs of Alzheimer’s is the way to make sure you get the help you need, when you need it most.
Early Signs of Alzheimer’s
Doctors overwhelmingly agree that early Alzheimer’s detection is key to maintaining a good quality of life. An early diagnosis gives you the opportunity to discuss treatments with your doctors and find ways to alleviate symptoms and maintain your comfort and stability. There are new medications and other interventions that can slow the effects of Alzheimer’s, and early diagnosis gives you access to them as soon as they can be effective. Most importantly, an early Alzheimer’s diagnosis can give you the time you need to make the right decisions about treatment and care for yourself and the people you love.
So, how do you know if you should ask your doctor about Alzheimer’s? Watch out for the following early warning signs of Alzheimer’s:
The number one early sign of Alzheimer’s is memory issues. Do you have trouble retaining new names, dates, or other items? If you spend a lot of time trying to jog your memory, or relying on tools like a handwritten daily planner, you may want to speak to a doctor. However, it is important to note that memory and cognitive issues can come from many sources, not just Alzheimer’s. This is another reason it’s important to speak to a doctor about a diagnosis. If there’s a simpler fix for the issue, they’ll be able to find it and your quality of life will improve.
Difficulty with Familiar Multi-Step Tasks
Think about the multi-step processes that make up your everyday routine, such as making a pot of coffee. Have those sorts of tasks become difficult for you as of late? Do you find yourself forgetting steps like putting grounds in the basket, or even mixing up what to use when? If everyday routines are becoming a challenge to keep straight, that can be a sign of Alzheimer’s.
Difficulty with New Tasks and Problem-Solving
Problem-solving requires us to make decisions by using information in a way that can be difficult for people with Alzheimer’s. Are you struggling with tasks like following a recipe or using handwritten directions? Are these tasks becoming more frustrating and likely to leave you irritated? This can point to cognitive issues around problem-solving that can be related to Alzheimer’s.
Issues with Vocabulary and Processing Verbal Information
Alzheimer’s can affect your ability to have a conversation, particularly when it comes to word recall and verbal processing. Do you struggle for names, dates, or other specific details? Is it hard to follow conversations with multiple people? If you’ve started to avoid having conversations with people because it’s a source of frustration, it’s worth speaking to a doctor about Alzheimer’s.
Feeling Confused About Time and Place
Alzheimer’s can affect your awareness of your environment in all kinds of ways. Do you sometimes have to think hard to remember where you are, what you’re doing, or what day it is? Do you often lose things at home, even when you put them exactly where they belong? Alzheimer’s can make your home feel unfamiliar, and make time confusing and difficult to follow.
The idea of pursuing an Alzheimer’s diagnosis might seem frightening, but early detection is your opportunity to guarantee the best outcome possible. If these symptoms sound familiar to you, don’t wait. Talk to your doctor about the early signs of Alzheimer’s today.
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