I think we all know that it is difficult to identify people with Alzheimer’s. Especially in the early stages of the disease. Usually, this happens because the initial symptoms and signs disappear, such as “they are just diseases that affect every older person”. The important thing to know is that dementia does not affect everyone who gets older. Children around 80 and 90 are still “conscious”, but unfortunately not everyone is lucky and has the first symptoms of the disease before their 60th birthday. What kind of symptoms and signs are these and what should you pay attention to?
1. Having Difficulty Remembering Things :
Memory loss is one of the earliest and most famous symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. In the early stages, someone usually forgets his or her work in the past week, important dates and events, and people he or she has recently met. As the disease progresses, it becomes more and more difficult to remember things. Indeed, the older you are, the more you will “forget” and be able to remember later. This is the difference between Alzheimer’s and old age. As for Alzheimer’s, you have permanently lost information, but for old age, you only need a short moment to remember.
As mentioned above, this is one of the most common and famous signs of Alzheimer’s disease. There are several other signs and symptoms that can identify this disease (early stage). Which one?
2. Having Difficulty Finding the Right Words :
This is also an early sign that your memory is letting you down due to Alzheimer’s. Initially, it is difficult to find words that someone does not use often, but the more the disease progresses, the harder it is to find more words. Even simple words such as apple or cheese. Similarly, it is more common for older people (without dementia) to be unable to find certain words, but they will eventually try to find the correct words. If someone really forgets the word, it may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s.
3. Having Difficulty Finishing Daily Activities :
For people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, it becomes difficult to perform daily tasks, such as taking medication several times a day or writing a shopping list. Elderly people without dementia may occasionally need help with daily tasks, such as shopping, but they will not forget to take medication and can cook independently because they will not forget to turn off the stove.
4. Having Difficulty with Finances :
People with Alzheimer’s disease often forget to check and perform their expenses, taxes, and other financial tasks. Therefore, if you go to visit a loved one and suspect that he or she has Alzheimer’s disease, you may need to check their mail and check the (first) notification.
5. Getting Lost :
Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can also ensure that the affected person no longer remembers how they should walk, bike, or drive to familiar places. He or she does not remember the way (backward) and therefore will get lost. On the other hand: getting lost in a place where you have not existed for centuries or a hard-to-find place can happen to anyone. Even young people.
6. Losing Track :
The inability to follow a difficult storyline, the inability to engage in dialogue, or to forget what he or she is about to say in the sentence may be a sign of (early) Alzheimer’s disease. If it happens only occasionally, such as in a boring conversation, and eventually loses focus, there may be no reason to worry.
7. Forgetting Where You Left Things :
It often happens that people with early dementia leave things in unfamiliar places and don’t know where to leave them afterward. If you find scattered cups in the refrigerator instead of in the kitchen cabinet, don’t worry. Will it happen more frequently or with other projects? This may be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. I bet you don’t know symptom 8. what is this?
8. Personality and/or Mood Swings :
Even without a clear cause, people with early Alzheimer’s disease can become anxious, depressed, paranoid, and even aggressive. If you find that your loved one has changed his mood quickly, it is time to notice if he or she is also suffering from other signals. If this is the case, it is wise to make an appointment with your doctor.