Signs of Alzheimer’s DiseaseIn the past twenty years, scientists have been working hard to unravel the often complex brain changes that are involved with the slow onset and later progression of Alzheimer’s. It is likely that the slow damage often associated with the condition starts much before the actual loss of memory and the surfacing of cognitive decline. Many people appear symptom-free during the initial stages, despite numerous toxic changes within the brain. Brain damage in someone with the warning signs of Alzheimer’s starts to surface in many people early on often without being noticed. Now for those who have the somewhat late-onset type of Alzheimer’s disease, the warning signs will start appearing at around 65 years of age on average. However, people with early-onset will experience a decline even in their 30s. Surprising as it may sound, there are many documented cases of people with Alzheimer’s in their 30s. The initial symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease may vary from one person to the next. Typically, memory problems are the first ones to be reported and are considered the initial signs of cognitive decline related to the disease. Memory tends to become worse as the disease progresses. However, there is also a decline in nonmemory aspects of cognition like spatial issues, vision, finding the right words, poor judgment, memory lapses, issues solving problems, etc. Some may also experience what many doctors may label a mild cognitive impairment. Though as Alzheimer’s disease progresses, memory loss becomes worse in addition to the decline of other cognitive abilities. There are several stages of Alzheimer’s disease, i.e., preclinical, mild, moderate, and then finally, severe or late stage.
General Symptoms of Alzheimer’s DiseaseIn mild cases of Alzheimer’s, the person may appear to be healthy on the outside, but they have trouble brewing inside, so to speak. Many also find understanding their environment more challenging. A person with Alzheimer’s disease can usually tell there is something wrong, and the people around them tend to realize it later on when they see loved ones have trouble performing familiar tasks. Below are 10 early signs of Alzheimer’s:
- Loss of memory. Victims may forget common names and locations.
- Taking much longer to complete regular tasks
- The inability to make good decisions often leads to bad decisions
- The loss of spontaneity and the inability to take the initiative
- Sometimes repeating the same questions
- Problem paying bills or just handling money in general
- They may get lost frequently
- Putting things in odd places or misplacing them
- A change in personality and mood
- Often heightened anxiety and also aggression