Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be an Alzheimer’s disease early warning sign or a symptom of another dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.
The disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 in America without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. There are 10 Alzheimer’s disease early warning signs and symptoms that should not be ignored. People experiencing any one of these should see a healthcare professional.
This previous post [Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer’s: Early Detection Matters], one of the most-read posts on our FirstLight blog, features a helpful infographic from the Alzheimer’s Association that explains these 10 signs. We thought it was worth re-posting.
Alzheimer’s disease early warning signs include:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
- Challenges in planning or solving problems
- Difficulty in completing familiar tasks
- Confusion with time or place
- Trouble understanding visual images or spatial relationships
- New problems with words in speaking or writing
- Misplacing things and losing the ability retrace steps
- Decreased or poor judgment
- Withdrawal from work or social activities
- Changes in mood or personality
Read more about Alzheimer’s and Dementia from the Alzheimer’s Association.
At FirstLight Home Care, we’ve developed dementia care plans to help people who are suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s cope with the anxiety, depression, confusion and isolation that is often associated with the disease. Our unique, personal programs at home help not only the dementia sufferer but the family as a whole.
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