Alzheimer’s disease can strike anyone at any age and at any given time and it’s is a scary truth. If you have watched Still Alice, Julianne Moore portrayed a woman named Alice Howland who was diagnosed with the illness as early as her 50s and it speaks so much about how a disease can go beyond the generally accepted truth – in this case Alzheimer’s is no longer a senior citizen’s bane.
Alz.org listed 10 tell-tale warning signs of Alzheimer’s, however we will list just a few of the common ones.
Memory loss is a common symptom that is often associated with the disease, though it often involves short term memory loss. This would include important dates, recently learned information like names and number, etc. Also the increase of need to use memory aids like post-its for reminder notes or notebooks is also a sign of memory loss. The second sign is when one finds difficulty in solving simple problems or just creating a good plan to do. Sometimes, this may even apply for those who are finding it hard to follow recipes or keeping up with their bills every month. Having a hard time keeping their concentration also falls under this symptom. Another sign that one may have Alzheimer’s is when they are having a hard time complete simple tasks that they have done before such as doing the laundry or the rules of chess. Remember that this does not choose any action and may affect most tasks you used to take for granted.
Another notable symptom often associated to the early warning stages of Alzheimer’s is when someone suddenly starts having difficulty keeping track of where they are or what time it is. Sometimes they would even forget how they got to Point A to Point B and this may prove to be dangerous, especially if you don’t have a companion most of the time. In relation to this, misplacing things most of the time or having difficulty retracing one’s steps is also a telltale sign of Alzheimer’s, which would then lead to another symptom: the increase of incidences of poor judgment. Finally, those who are beginning to show Alzheimer’s will also have a dramatic change in their mood and personality where often times they would frequently be feeling a variety of emotions such as confusion to anxiety.
Unfortunately, one cannot always predict when Alzheimer’s will pop up, nor immediately determine that one of the symptoms they are experiencing right now might be hard evidence that they are have the disease. However, if one is aware of their family history it would be a big help in creating an early diagnosis that could help lessen the effect of the disease or come up with ways to protect their memory.
By now, as you are reading this, you must be conscious that anyone, including you, could have Alzheimer’s at any given time. Though one cannot prevent that from happening, it is still possible to protect your memory such as indulging in memory games and activities and consuming food that is good for your brain.
Though there is no solid cure yet for Alzheimer’s disease, it is clear that early detection and self-care can help prevent the disease from hitting early.