Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that has to do with memory loss and also distorts thinking and behavior. Alzheimer’s is a more likely to occur with old age. As people grow older, they tend to forget some basic things that could have been easily remembered. Although this condition has no cure, the symptoms can be managed if detected early. Early detection can also land the individual in a clinical trial, where he or she will receive quality care.
Before a major defect occurs in the health of a person, the body often gives a signal. Unfortunately, a lot of people fail to recognize these signals. It is important to know what to look out for so that you are aware if there’s an early onset of Alzheimer’s. Memory loss is the most common symptom that a lot of people know about, but asides from that, there are other things to look out for. Here are a few of these signs.
1. Anxiety and depression
Anxiety in this case takes the form of asking constant questions, and it often results from people noticing a bit of memory loss. They are always on the lookout of what is happening at every point in time, and why it is happening. This can cause them to ask questions more than once, for the fear that they’ve forgotten what they said earlier on, even if they haven’t.
Depression has also been linked to this condition, as it’s generally a risk factor for dementia. It can be frustrating knowing that you try so hard to remember basic things. Either the depression is causing the dementia or it’s the other way round.
2. Trouble planning and problem solving
Individuals with early onset Alzheimer’s often have trouble making plans and sticking to them. Everything just seems to be really troubling for them, even concentrating on detailed tasks becomes almost impossible.
3. Changes in personal hygiene or appearance
Early Alzheimer’s often make people less concerned about their appearance or even what others think about them. They are likely to wear the same clothes for days on end, or refuse to take a bath. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they forgot to do these things, they are simply less concerned about it.
If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s best that you see your physician to prevent it from progressing and getting worse.
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