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 5 early signs and symptoms to look for:
– Memory loss that disrupts daily life. Forgetting recent information, dates, times, events, asking the same thing over and over, and an increasing need for memory aids.
– Confusion with known places, losing track of dates, seasons and passages of time. Also, forgetting where they are and how they got there.
– Putting things in unusual places, being unable to retrace steps, and accusing others of stealing things from them.
– Withdrawal from social activities, work projects, sports, trouble keeping up with favorites sports teams, and avoiding being social.
– Changes in mood and personality, an increase in confusion, suspicious, depressed, fearful and anxious. Gets easily upset at home, work, with friends or in places of comfort.
Some people suffering from these symptoms may think they just have typical age-related changes. To see the difference along with other additional signs, please visit www.alz.org.
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Written by LaVella Head