It is common to think that a loved one might have Alzheimer’s when they start to have difficulty remembering where they put their keys or books. But before you jump to conclusions, remember that Alzheimer’s and dementia can only be diagnosed by a doctor. If you are concerned about a loved one, however, this article is a great place to start. Keep reading to learn about the 7 most common signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
1 – Memory Loss
Memory loss is the most common symptom of Alzheimer’s and dementia. The person might forget what they have learned and practiced for years. It becomes difficult to remember important dates and upcoming events. A family member’s face or name may no longer be recognizable in the moment. While it is normal to forget a neighbor you met when you were in diapers people with early onset Alzheimer’s disease can forget things that were just experienced or said to them.
2 – Difficulty With Tasks That Were Once Familiar
Alzheimer’s and dementia affect everyday tasks that were once familiar. The person might forget how to drive, how to get to their favorite restaurant, or put on their shoes. Relying on family or friends to complete things for them might become common as their memory denies recognition.
3 – Shift in Personality
When someone has Alzheimer’s their personality can shift from how they once were. They might become afraid, suspicious, depressed or anxious. Someone who was once very confident might become shy and timid. A place where they once felt extremely comfortable- whether it be at home or a favorite coffee shop, is now a place where they feel discouraged or lost. Mood swings and changes in temperament for no apparent reason can also be a sign of Alzheimer’s
4 – Withdrawal From Loved Ones
If your loved one is suffering from Alzheimer’s they might withdraw from interactions with friends and family. They can also detach from things they were once very fond of. It becomes hard to clearly communicate or contribute to something that once felt so familiar. There is a void when it comes to addressing memory loss or communication issues when someone has early onset Alzheimer’s.
5 – Difficulty With Arithmetic and Reasoning
Simple math problems might be an issue for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Anything from simple adding to writing a check can become complicated with early onset Alzheimer’s. If logic and reason fade from decision making, it can be a sign of Alzheimer’s.
6 – Trouble With Speaking and Language Comprehension
When someone has Alzheimer’s they might struggle finding a common word they have used for years. A warning sign can be when a word such as “dresser” is mentioned as “clothes holder” which describes what the object means as opposed to using the name of said object.
7 – Regular Confusion
Being confused in a foreign situation is completely normal. When it becomes confusing to be in a familiar location or at a regular appointment is when it starts to become an issue. They might get confused on how they got to where they currently are and what they are doing.
We are all human. Sometimes we forget where we put a note or our keys. If you notice your loved one struggling on a regular basis with memory loss, logic or reasoning these 7 signs can be a helpful resource if you are concerned about a loved one. If for any reason you are thinking it could be Alzheimer’s and dementia, see a doctor as soon as possible.
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