Brain Disorders

Understanding the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s is a brain disorder that results in the gradual decline of one’s thinking ability and reasoning skills. It is a chronic condition with symptoms that have a degenerative effect on healthy brain cells. Loss of memory is one of the more severe symptoms of Alzheimer’s that causes disruption in one’s normal routine and being a progressive form of dementia, it accounts for almost 80% of the severe cases according to statistics.

The following are the signs of Alzheimer’s disease in various stages of development:

Memory loss
In the early stage of Alzheimer’s, one will experience varying levels of memory loss. More than often, one will forget important dates and events in the future. Asking for the same information repeatedly is another sign of early-stage memory loss. In severe cases, one might find the need for using memory aid devices from a simple notepad to electronic devices that notify a particular date or upcoming event. Increased reliability on family members to help jog one’s memory can indicate the developing condition.

Logical ability
Alzheimer’s disease affects one’s logical reasoning ability thus disrupting their work and personal routine. Even some of the easy tasks like explaining an idea or working with basic numbers can become difficult during the more advanced stages of the condition. Difficulty in maintaining concentration to focus and get work done also affects one’s routine life.

Losing track of time and seasons also indicate the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Confusing the location or having trouble understanding how the person got to that place are all valid concerns to check and confirm a developing condition.

Trouble with perception
A difficulty in reading, judging distance, or even determining color are among the vision problems that one can experience during the initial stages of Alzheimer’s. Note that problems with vision can be a common symptom of multiple conditions and only a thorough diagnosis can indicate a developing Alzheimer’s condition.

Problems with speech
People suffering from Alzheimer’s can sometimes face difficulty finding the right word or joining in on a conversation. It is also not uncommon to lose track of the conversation midway or repeat oneself in the initial stages of the progressive disorder.

Judgment issues
Poor decision making and changes in one’s judgment are among the signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The decisions taken may not hinge on sound logic as a result of increasing unsureness and a lack of ability to follow a train of thought and apply logic and caution where required.  One might also stop paying close attention to grooming and appearance as a result of poor judgment.

Psychological changes
Changes in one’s mood and personality can also be a clear indicator of a developing condition. Confusion, increased suspicion, feeling depressed, increased anxiety, and feeling fearful of things that may or may not be a figment of one’s imagination are signs of psychological changes that will affect one’s daily routine. Disruption in one’s routine will also make the person more irritable than usual.

Withdrawal behavior
People suffering from Alzheimer’s disease might find themselves unable to perform at work or be socially active. The condition will also affect one’s hobbies, work projects, social activities, and interest in sports. Any activity that involves one being social will force the person to withdraw from the same in the initial stages of the condition. The symptoms will only worsen over time owing to the progressive nature of the condition.