Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia among the elderly. Dementia is a brain disorder that severely affects a person's ability to carry out their daily activities. This disease begins slowly and first affects the parts of the brain that control thinking, memory and language.
The Alzheimer's Association has created a list of warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Each individual may experience one or more of these signals to different degrees. These symptoms are subtle, but they can get worse if they are not treated. If you notice any of them, in yourself or in a family member or close friend, it is a good time to consult a doctor.
- Worry about your memory. Rebecca Amariglio, Harvard neuropsychologist, says that "people should trust what they observe about themselves," as seen in conditions such as arthritis and Parkinson's disease, where people feel that something is not right before Let him diagnose it.
- Irregular memories of recent important events. Forgetting a key conversation with a family member or great news is worrisome. Not being able to remember the name of an actor in a movie, but remembering it later that night or the next day, is probably not a sign of this disease.
- Problems to manage finances. Not being able to track the payment of bills, having difficulty transferring money between accounts or having trouble maintaining an adequate balance to cover payments can be warning signs or symptoms of Alzheimer's.
- Get lost while driving. This is especially important if the person feels confused or disoriented in a place where he has driven many times.
- Difficulty to follow conversations. This inability occurs when you are part of a group and it is difficult to keep the thread of the conversations or answer questions asked by others.
- Lose interest in your favorite hobbies. This is because brain changes related to this disease can cause apathy, which causes people to lose motivation.
- Inability to plan. In the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, people experience changes in their ability to plan or perform various tasks, which is known as executive brain function.
- Trouble sleeping It is not known if lack of sleep increases the risk of having Alzheimer's disease or if sleep problems are a symptom of the disease, but any sleep problem deserves to be treated by a doctor.
- Anxiety. The researchers found the protein that forms the plaques found in the brains of people with Alzheimer's, in cognitively healthy adults who had increased anxiety.
- Trouble speaking and writing correctly. People struggle to find the right words in the conversation and on paper, they could repeat the words more than twice or they might call things by an incorrect name.
The mood and personality of people with Alzheimer's can change. They can get angry easily, they can feel confused, suspicious, depressed or fearful.
Through early detection, you can explore treatments that could relieve symptoms and help you maintain a level of independence for longer. It can also increase the chances of participating in clinical trials of medications that help promote research.