Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease gives you the chance to seek treatment, such as a caregiver, for yourself or your loved ones. From frequent falling, to misplacing objects, and abrupt mood changes, unusual behaviors are very common.
The number of American’s with Alzheimer’s disease is growing each year. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2015 an estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease. They also explain, “Almost two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's are women. Of the 5.1 million people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's in the United States, 3.2 million are women and 1.9 million are men.”
Those suffering from this disease need a good support system surrounding them. Make sure you care for this person and help them manage their day-to-day activities. This includes appointments, money, medications and help with memory loss. The ALZ advises the care partner to encourage the person with Alzheimer’s to continue living as independently as possible, and nurture your relationship by living in and enjoying the moment.
So, how do you know if you or your loved one is showing the signs? Read below for the 7 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.
1. Memory Loss
One of the most common warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease is memory loss. For instance, they may lose track of what day it is, or even forget what season we are in. It is also possible they will forget information they recently learned, such as someone’s name and important dates and events. Those suffering will usually begin to rely on memory aids, such as, a schedule book (planner) or cell phone to create reminders.
If you or your loved one is becoming easily confused this could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Forgetting where they are or how they got there, becoming stressed because they struggle remembering faces, trouble remembering who someone is, and difficulty finding the right words in conversation are all signs to look out for.
3. Misplacing Things
We have all misplaced our keys at some point or another. But a person in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease usually starts out by losing things and not being able to retrace their steps. Eventually, they may begin to put things in unusual places.
4. Frequent Falling
Okay, so everyone trips over their feet once in a while, but, if you or your loved one is frequently falling, this could be a warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease. “According to research. A 2011 study presented at Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Paris looked at brain scans of 125 older adults and also asked them to keep track of how often they slipped and stumbled during an eight-month span. The results? Those participants who showed early signs of Alzheimer’s also happened to fall down more often” (everydayhealth.com).
5. Mood Changes
Depression, anxiety, confusion and withdrawal from social activities are all common signs of those experiencing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. They may experience anxiety when put in situations out of their comfort zone. Or, they could demonstrate acts of carelessness, leading to inappropriate behaviors, shoplifting and insulting others without regret.
6. Inability to Manage a Budget
Those encountering the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease usually have difficultly managing a budget. They may have trouble balancing their checkbook, and eventually start making financial decisions that could be detrimental to their well-being.
7. Trouble Communicating
Trouble communicating is a major sign of Alzheimer’s disease. They may begin by having trouble following discussions, or struggle with joining a conversation. Eventually, you will realize they are stumbling upon their words, and having difficulties writing things down or using a smart phone.