Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease: Part One
There are ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s; in this blog post we’ll cover five of them (in no particular order). In our next blog post, we will discuss the remaining five symptoms. Any individual can struggle with these signs and symptoms to varying degrees, and no single individual’s experience of symptoms is the same as another’s. If you recognize any of the following symptoms, please consider seeing a doctor.
- Withdrawal from typical activities: Those with Alzheimer’s often find themselves avoiding hobbies, social activities, sports, and work projects. A person with the disease may not remember how to complete a hobby, or may struggle to keep up with a favorite sports team. These strange changes may also lead to social withdrawal.
- Trouble planning and problem solving: Some people with Alzheimer’s experience deterioration in their ability to develop plans and work with numbers. They may have trouble following recipes or keeping track of engagements or work deadlines, for example.
- Disorientation with time and place: Memory loss is pervasive and confusing. It’s easy to lose track of time and dates. A person with Alzheimer’s might have trouble recalling what day – or even what season – it is.
- Problems with speech and writing: People with Alzheimer’s may struggle to keep track of a conversation; they may get lost in the middle of a sentence and misuse words.
- Mood and personality changes: Alzheimer’s disease can lead to mood and personality changes such as suspicion, depression, fear, and anxiety. Someone with Alzheimer’s may find himself or herself getting upset easily, especially when outside of their comfort zone.