02 Mar 7 symptoms for early detection of Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is a continuous process that starts with the alteration of cognitive and behavioural functions.
It is important to consult a doctor as soon as Alzheimer’s symptoms appear to begin treatment as soon as possible. Here are 7 symptoms to detect Alzheimer’s at an early stage:
How is Alzheimer’s diagnosed?
During the consultation the doctor will check the patient’s medical history and medication history.
1. Changes in memory that hinder day to day life
- Forgetting recently learned information
- Forgetting dates or important events
- Asking for the same information multiple times
2. Difficulty planning or handling everyday situations
- Difficulty following a well-known recipe or managing accounts
- Problems concentrating
- Takes them more time to do what they used to do before with no problems
3. Disorientation as to time and place
- They often forget where they are and how they got there
- Difficulty understanding the passage of time
- They resort to a specific point in time, generally in their childhood or adolescence
4. Visual confusion
- Difficulty reading and judging from a distance
- Confusion determining colors or contrasts
5. Language confusion
- Difficulty following or participating in conversations
- They repeat what they have already said multiple times
- They forget common words or call them something else
6. Difficulty retracing their steps
- They often put things in the wrong place, then don’t remember where
- They accuse others of taking their things when they don’t remember where they left them
7. Changes in personality
- Changes in judgement (e.g: they no longer care about personal hygiene)
- They start to make risky decisions (e.g: they give money to strangers)
- Mood swings (e.g:: they get annoyed easily when they are outside of their normal environment).
Differences to dementia
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are both irreversible, degenerative neurological diseases. However, they are not the same. Here are some of the main differences:
If these symptoms have confirmed your suspicion of having Alzheimer’s disease, it is essential that you consult a doctor as soon as possible, especially since this disease starts long before clinical symptoms manifest themselves.
With a clear diagnosis you will better understand your symptoms and be able to prepare yourself for the future. Save precious time; an early and accurate diagnosis prevents complications and rapid deterioration!
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