Catching Alzheimer’s and Dementia Early: Five Warning Signs That Are Easy To Recognize

Catching Alzheimer’s and Dementia Early: Five Warning Signs That Are Easy To Recognize

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are unfortunately on the rise with medical professionals scrambling to find ways to reduce the number of people who develop these debilitating conditions. But, there is one thing that really does help in the fight against them, and that’s spotting the signs early! This not only prepares you or your loved one for what may come, but it allows doctors to act early, slowing the disease’s progress and helping preserve quality of life. Here are some key indicators to look for, whether for yourself or for loved ones. If you experience any of these, visit your doctor immediately! Even if it’s a false alarm, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Life disrupting memory loss

As we age, a noticeable loss in memory is not unusual, but forgetting recently learned or constantly reinforced information that cannot be recovered are the most obvious early signs of both Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. The sudden increased need to rely on memory aids is an obvious indication.

Problems solving problems

Mental sharpness also naturally decreases as we move into our elder years. However, the inability to perform simple mental tasks such as such as arithmetic when doing simple tasks like checking and paying bills, or following a recipe are strong indications that you need to visit your doctor.

Feeling lost and confused

No matter what age you are, feeling confused about how you got somewhere or where you are is an extremely worrying experience, and if you experience this even once, it’s strongly advised that you visit your doctor to have it checked out. This is a strong indication that dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are in their early stages.

Trouble speaking or expressing yourself

If you find yourself thinking, “I know what I want to say, but I don’t know how to say it”, then you really need to see your doctor. Dementia and Alzheimer’s manifest themselves by breaking down important cognitive connections in your brain, and the inability to express yourself in simple situations is a key indicator that there is something wrong.

Withdrawal from social and work-related activities

If a family member or loved one seems to be making less time to attend social events or work-related activities, this could be an early indication of Alzheimer’s or Dementia. It may not be, but it’s definitely worth having a conversation about it and advising your loved one to visit the doctor just in case!  

Cognitive decline is an unfortunate symptom of old age, but more severe and rapid mental impairment may be an early sign of something much more serious! Your doctor is always on hand to assess your mental state, so don’t risk missing the early signs of Dementia or Alzheimer’s before it’s too late! 

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