10 Early Alzheimer’s Symptoms That You Should Know
When young people think about retirement, they often dream of leisurely days with loved ones and finally pursuing the hobbies that they never had time for. What they don’t anticipate is spending their golden years forgetting loved one’s names and getting lost on the way to the grocery store.
Alzheimer’s disease now affects more than 5 million Americans and is the most common form of dementia, a general term that describes a variety of diseases and conditions that develop when nerve cells in the brain die or no longer function normally.
The disease often begins with memory loss and difficulty concentrating, yet over time Alzheimer’s will completely impair one’s ability to carry out basic functions such as speaking, writing, walking, and swallowing, eventually leading to death.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association:
• Alzheimer’s is the now the 6thth leading cause of death
• The disease will cost the nation $203 billion in 2013
• Someone develops Alzheimer’s Disease every 68 seconds
Alzheimer’s is not a “normal part of aging” and there are ways to decrease your chances of getting it. According to research scientists, evidence of Alzheimer’s begins in the brain 30 to 50 years before any symptoms arise.
Another frightening trend is the younger age at which Alzheimer’s is emerging. The time to begin taking care of your brain is now…. the Alzheimer’s Association currently estimates that more than 200,000 people in their 40’s and 50’s have early-onset, and by 2050, the number of people with Alzheimer’s is set to triple.
Know the Signs and Symptoms
Keep an eye on your loved ones and look out for these 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s, compiled by the Alzheimer’s Association:
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality
We Can Help
If you suspect that you or a loved one is experiencing the symptoms described above, Amen Clinics can help. Our experienced staff will empower you into learning more about your brain, assist with early diagnosis and intervention, and support you in preventing cognitive decline by teaching you how to make the lifestyle changes that will enhance your quality of life for many years to come.
Call us today at 888-288-9834 or tell us more to schedule an appointment.