Most of us have misplaced small items such as our keys, glasses, or cell phones at some point in our lives. Some of us even lose these items these several times month. So what differentiates simple absentmindedness from symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? How do you know whether an older loved one is merely forgetful, or if he or she is suffering from the onset of a serious illness?
Examine these five symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease to find out if your family member should seek medical attention.
Inability to remember.
Forgetfulness is a symptom of Alzheimer’s, but the symptoms generally extend beyond those of simple absentmindedness. Individuals suffering from the disease may not only lose items, but they may also tell the same stories or ask the same questions over and over within minutes. They may previously have had excellent memories, but as the disease progresses, they may begin to forget even the names of close friends and family members. These symptoms generally become worse, and occur more frequently, as Alzheimer’s progresses.
Mood or personality changes.
Understandably, loss of memory can be terrifying and frustrating for Alzheimer’s patients, who suddenly find themselves trapped in an unfamiliar world. As a result, many undergo mood swings as they battle with memory lapses. Others become distrustful of both new and familiar people and places. They may become depressed, and fail to eat and sleep enough.
Difficulty performing daily tasks.
Alzheimer’s sufferers often abandon activities that they formerly enjoyed, such as crossword puzzles, knitting, and cooking. They may even stop performing routine tasks such as housecleaning. When they attempt to try these activities, they often end abruptly midway through projects, because they are confused, do not remember what to do next, or have lost interest.
Alzheimer’s sufferers are easily disoriented, and may become lost in grocery stores, parking lots, or other public areas, even if they have previously visited these places. They frequently do not remember how they arrived at the location, or how to get home. Keeping track of time may become difficult, and find that they cannot remember appointments or plans.
Loss of reasoning skills.
Individuals with Alzheimer’s struggle with activities that require abstract reasoning. They may suddenly find that they cannot balance their checkbooks, pay the bills, or follow instructions, even if they have successfully performed these tasks for years.
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