What is Alzheimer’s disease?
Alzheimer’s disease, named after the doctor who first described it (Alois Alzheimer) is a neurological disorder in the brain that lead to cognitive decline and memory loss. So if you got this disease then certainly you had a hard time with your language, behavior and memory. And what makes it worse, gradually it become more severe over time.
During the course of the disease, proteins build up in the brain to form structures called ‘tangles’ and ‘plaques’ that causes the loss of connections between nerve cells, and eventually lead to the loss of brain tissue and death of nerve cells.
People with Alzheimer’s also have a shortage of some chemicals in their brain. These chemical help to transmit signals around the brain. So, without them then the signals can not transmitted effectively.
Early signs of Alzheimer’s
Based an article in alz.org, there are 10 early signs of Alzheimer’s disease that you can notice.
Memory loss is one of the common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting appointments, events, dates or names. Forcing you to rely on reminder notes, smart phones or family members.
Difficulty planning or solving problems
The next sign is losing the ability to concentrate, so people with Alzheimer’s disease will take longer to finish things than other people. For examples: having trouble following a recipe.
Difficulty completing daily tasks
People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game.
People will find it harder for them to complete their routine tasks, like remembering the rules of a favorite game, managing a budget at work or driving to a familiar location.
Confusion with place or time
It may be funny and frustrating at the same time if someone suddenly asks us to explain how they got here. People with this disease can lose track of time, seasons, and dates. So, they may forget where they are right now and how they got there.
Trouble understanding visual images
Having vision problems is another sign of Alzheimer’s for some people. They may have difficulty determining color, reading or judging distance.
Difficulty choosing words in writing or speaking
You may find people with Alzheimer’s have trouble joining or following a conversation. They tend to stop in the middle of conversation. They may call things by the wrong name, or have problems with vocabulary.
Losing the ability to retrace steps and misplacing things
People with this disease may put things in unusual places, lose their belonging and can not remember where the last time they used it. In some cases, they may accuse others of stealing.
You will notice people with Alzheimer’s often make poor judgment in their body hygiene, spending or deciding something to eat.
Withdrawal from social activities
They may remove themselves from social activities, projects or sports. Since, they may have trouble keeping up with their favorite sports or remembering how to play it properly. They may also be anti-social because of the changes they have experienced.
Changes in personality and mood
People with Alzheimer’s tend easily to become depressed, suspicious, confused, anxious or fearful especially in places where they are out of their comfort zone.