Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
“Signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s” is the first request by a family member of someone who has dementia. They want to know all the behaviors of someone with Alzheimer’s so they can diagnose their own dementia.
They want a precise diagnosis; 1. when they got it, 2. what causes it, 3. and how to cure it. Unfortunately, all those answers aren’t readily available for someone with Alzheimer’s.
At the present time, there is no fast and true list of symptoms, or readily available test that can easily diagnose Alzheimer’s or Dementia. Many psychological and neurological tests must be done to eliminate any other medical condition before a physician will diagnose Alzheimer’s.
Normal Memory Issue : Forget names or appointments occasionally
Alzheimer’s / dementia : The most common early sign of dementia is the forgetting of recently learned information, and the inability to recall it again at a later time.
Normal Memory Issue : Occasionally forgetting why you came into a room or what you intended to say when speaking
Alzheimer’s dementia : When someone has dementia, they often find it difficult to do everyday tasks on a regular basis. They can forget the steps involved to prepare a meal, or how to make a phone call, or play a game.
Normal Memory Issue : Everyone finds it difficult to find the “right” word occasionally
Alzheimer’s dementia : People with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia forget simple words or substitute unusual words which make their speech or writing difficult to understand. They may be unable to find their hair brush and ask for “that thing for your hair.” They have great difficulty with language in general.
Normal Memory Issue : It is quite normal to forget the day of the week or where you were going occasionally
Alzheimer’s dementia : People with Alzheimer’s often become lost in their own neighborhood. They can forget where they are and how they got there and more importantly, they can forget how to get back home when they are relatively near their own residence.
Normal Memory Issue : Everyone makes a questionable decision occasionally
Alzheimer’s dementia : Those with Alzheimer’s may dress inappropriately, wearing layered clothing in the hot summer, or little clothing on a cold, winter day. They may also show poor judgment about money, giving it away whenever asked.
Normal Memory Issue : Anyone may have days when they have trouble balancing a checkbook
Alzheimer’s dementia : Dementia or Alzheimer’s sufferers may have unusual difficulty doing complex mental tasks, like forgetting what numbers are for and how to use them. Often, they lack the ability to tell time from a clock with hands and numbers.
Normal Memory Issue : We all misplace are car keys or wallet on occasion
Alzheimer’s dementia : Someone with Dementia or Alzheimer’s tend to put things in unusual places since they don’t remember where they go, such as an iron in the freezer or wrist-watch in a sugar bowl
Normal Memory Issue : We all feel sad or moody every now and then
Alzheimer’s dementia : Alzheimer’s or Dementia can cause a rapid mood swing from calm to tears and rage or anger for no reason
Normal Memory Issue : Most of us have personality changes from time to time
Alzheimer’s dementia : Those with dementia can have dramatic personality changes. They can become extremely confused, suspicious or paranoid for no reason, fearful or totally dependent on a family member
Normal Memory Issue : We all have times when we just need a break to kick-back and relax
Alzheimer’s dementia : With Alzheimer’s or Dementia they suffer a loss of initiative. They may become passive, sitting in front of the television for hours or sleeping more than usual or avoiding their usual social activities
A few things you or your loved one with Alzheimer’s dementia might enjoy!