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10 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

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.

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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 planner or a cell phone to create reminders.

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Confusion

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.

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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.

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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. “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).

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Mood Changes

Depressionanxiety, 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.

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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.

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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.

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Trouble Writing

Alzheimer’s disease affects motor and cognitive function which may cause difficulty writing and handwriting changes. The physical act of writing will most likely become more challenging for the person as the disease worsens overtime, according to research.

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Withdrawal From Work/Social Activities

Although difficult, it’s important to establish and maintain meaningful relationships throughout your experience with Alzheimer’s, the Alzheimer’s Association says. A person suffering from this disease may begin to feel excluded from conversations, loss of independence and fear of burdening others.

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Trouble Problem Solving

According to the National Institute on Aging, “Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and eventually the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.” Once a person begins to experience greater cognitive difficulties, they will notice that problem solving becomes difficult and they take a longer time to complete daily tasks.

10 Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease