Could it be Alzheimer’s?

As we age a certain amount of memory loss is unavoidable,but at what point do you become concerned that your loved one ie experiencing something more serious than age related memory loss?

Memory loss that disrupts daily life is not normal and may be a sign of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Alzheimer’s is a fatal brain disease that causes a decline in memory,thinking,and reasoning skills which over time can become severe enough to affect work,relationships,social lives and hobbies.There is no cure for Alzheimer’s,but with treatment for the symptoms and the right services and support the lives of Alzheimer’s patients can be more tolerable and richer.

Some of the warning signs for Alzheimer’s can mimic normal signs of aging,but if you notice any of these signs in your loved one,please consult a doctor because there are treatments available that may help with the  behavioral and cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Memory loss:Forgetting important dates or events,asking for the same information over and over.

Changes in judgement or decision making:Poor grooming habits,using poor judgement with money or possesions,giving large sums of money away.

Changes in mood:Becoming fearful,confused,depressed,anxious,may become easily upset when outside their comfort zone.

Trouble joining or following a conversation:May stop in the middle of a conversation and not know how to continue,problems finding the right word,calling things by the wrong name(calling a watch a hand clock),repeating themselves.

Trouble understanding visual images:Difficulty reading,judging distance ,or color contrast.

Confusion with time or place:Losing track of time,seasons and dates.May forget where they are and how they got there.May become lost while driving on familiar streets.

Difficulty completing familiar tasks:Can’t remember the rules to a favorite game,trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills,may have difficulty concentrating or take much longer to do something than they did before.

Misplacing items in odd places:Putting the car keys in the freezer and forgetting how they got there.

If you are concerned that your loved one may have Alzheimer’s,please consult a doctor as he may order a series of tests to determine if in fact it is something serious.If  you are not satisfied with the doctors assesment,do not hesitate to get a second opinion as some doctors are dismissive of Alzheimer’s symptoms.Your loved one deserves a thorough exam and proper diagnosis as Alzheimer’s can go on for a long time and you will need to work closely with your doctor so finding a caring healthcare professional that you trust is very important.

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