Go Purple for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month for June
Alzheimer’s disease is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory thinking and reasoning skills. Any memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s Disease and/or Dementia.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association there are 10 early signs and symptoms to look for
1-Memory loss that disrupts daily life—forgetting recent information, dates times, events, asking same thing over and over, increase need to for memory aids.
2—Challenges in planning or solving problems—trouble with keeping track of bill, difficulty concentrating and take much longer to do things than before.
3—Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, work or leisure—trouble with familiar location or remembering rules of a favorite game. 4—Confusion with time/place—lose trace of dates, seasons and passage of time, forget where they are and how they got there.
5—trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships—difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color, contrast, which may cause problems driving.
6—New problems with words in speaking or writing—trouble with following or joining a conversation, struggle with vocabulary finding the right words or call things by the wrong name.
7—Misplacing tings and losing the ability to retrace steps—put things in unusual places, lose things and be unable to go back over their steps, accuse others of stealing.
8—Decrease or poor judgement—poor judgment when dealing with money and pay less attention to grooming.
9—Withdrawal from work or social activities—removing from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports, trouble keeping up with favorites sports team, avoid being social.
10—Changes in mood and personality—increase confusion, suspicious depressed, fearful or anxious, easily upset at home, work, with friends or place of comfort zone.
Some people may think they are just have typical age related changes, to see the difference along as with other signs, visit www.alz.org.
Written by LaVella Head