Like any other diseases, early detection of Alzheimer’s is very important. To notice in time that someone in your family or yourself may suffer from an onset of the disease, pay attention to the signs below.
Degradation of memory
Short-term memory impairment is one of the most common early symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. If someone asks the same question over and over again and forgets important dates and other events more and more often, a visit to the doctor is very important.
Weakening of problem solving skills, difficulty tracking plans
It may be a warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease if remembering or working with numbers becomes more and more difficult, and carrying out planned things such as following a recipe or paying bills becomes an ordeal.
Difficulties performing routine tasks
In our daily lives, there are tasks at the workplace and in the household that we need to carry out regularly. If we realize that these are no longer going smoothly for other than physical reasons, it we should start observing ourselves; if difficulties persist for a long time, it is advisable to seek medical attention.
Confusion about time
Weakening of the sense of time, an altered perception of the passing of time, e.g. mixing up seasons, confusion related to the concept of future may also be telling signs of the initial phase of Alzheimer’s disease.
Visual disturbances, spatial perception problems
Alzheimer’s disease can cause visual disturbances in the early stages. In some cases it becomes more difficult to read or recognize colors. Perception may also become confused; for example, you may walk to a mirror because you think someone else is in the room.
Difficulties in remembering words, speaking and writing
Alzheimer’s disease makes it difficult to follow a dialogue and to listen to someone speaking. Patients often repeat themselves or browse a dictionary to find the right word. Also, sometimes they don’t finish sentences because they suddenly lose their train of thoughts.
Loosening of social relationships
Changes in mental functions make it difficult for persons in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease to work and to pursue social relationships. If you suddenly realize that one of your family member’s habits have changed in this respect, try to involve the help of a specialist.