Forgetfulness comes with old age, or so everyone believes. So then how is it that an individual can tell what is a normal “senior moment” and what is a more serious sign of Alzheimer’s Disease?

1. Confusion About Time And Place. An individual who becomes disorientated in the middle of a task, activity, or event could be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.

2. Inability To Follow Conversations or Finish Sentences. When an individual begins to forget common words this could be a sign that they are in the early stages of the illness.

3. Struggling Through Routine Activities. Any individual that is having difficulty making it through routine, daily activities such as bathing, dressing, or meal preparation, may be having memory issues, which could be a sign of early onset Alzheimer’s.

4. Forgetting More Recent Information. Misplacing items or forgetting recent additions to the family are all possible signs of Alzheimer’s Disease. The disease attacks the short term memory first so those with this illness may be able to remember a story from 30 years ago but may forget that they just ate supper.

5. Changes In Personality. Someone with Alzheimer’s may have a change in personality. Some people become softer and more child-like. Others become mean and difficult. Many times those with Alzheimer’s also become distrustful of others. Mood swings can also indicate the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s.

To know for certain, it is best to contact a health care provider for a full Alzheimer’s assessment. Alzheimer’s symptoms will progress over time and this is not a problem that will resolve on its own. There are, however, some excellent physicians who specialize in the treatment of this illness. There are also a variety of different options for treatment of this illness. While there is no cure there are things that can be done to slow the progression of deterioration if the problem is caught early enough.

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