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5 Signs To Be Aware Of With Alzheimer’s Disease

Dementia comes in all different types and severities, but the most common of all is Alzheimer’s disease. It is a cruel, nagging and treacherous disease that can truly take over the life of someone.

For this reason, it is vital you are aware of the various warning signs and symptoms that will make way.

1. Memory loss
Perhaps the most common symptom of Alzheimer’s disease is memory loss, but this can be a bit confusing for some. Simply forgetting where you put your keys or getting lost with directions is common with age. But forgetting recently learned information, important dates like birthdays or asking for the same information over and over is a sign of concern that you will want to have checked out.

2. Challenges with planning
Everyone experiences different signs or symptoms, but many begin to face challenges with developing and following a plan. You may have trouble following a recipe you have long cooked or struggle keeping track of monthly bills. Along the same lines, some begin to have difficulty concentrating and may take far longer than usual to do things than before the onset of the disease.

3. Confusion with time and placeOne of the saddest symptoms that is commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease is confusion with time and place. People getting lost in the park or not knowing how to get back home is an example of someone who is suffering greatly from the disease. Others will lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time.

4. Problems with speaking and writing
Following or joining a conversation can be problematic for those battling the disease. Simple things can often be taken for granted in life. One sign is stopping in the middle of a conversation or even losing track of how to continue with what they have started saying. Sometimes people will struggle with vocabulary, have problems saying the right words or even call things by the wrong name.

5. Poor judgment
The final symptom to be aware of with Alzheimer’s disease is using poor judgment. Although it can be frightening for family members and friends, those struggling may begin to change their judgment, attitude and decision-making. When dealing with money, they may give large amounts to telemarketers. And with grooming, they may let themselves go a bit while not staying clean.

It is important to keep in mind every individual and case is different. Some will have all of the signs and symptoms listed above while others suffering from Alzheimer’s disease will have few signs at all. Regardless, it is vital you are aware of the symptoms the information listed to get  checked by your physicians and potentially to receive the proper treatment as soon as possible.