Are you worried you or a loved one is showing Alzheimer's warning signs or symptoms?
Here we explain some of the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
We all forget names or go into a room and then cannot remember what we went there for, most of us can be thinking of several jobs we have to do at once and lack of concentration can cause us to forget. However a person with Alzheimer’s has more severe problems with thinking and memory.
A young lady I knew went jogging each morning. She knew something was wrong when one day she realized she had no idea how to get home again.
When we take a telephone call, we store the memory and pass on messages, a person with signs of early Alzheimer's disease will have forgotten the call as soon as the receiver is replaced. This can cause concern within the family when the loved one does not turn up for family gatherings and denies getting the call. This problem can be corrected by leaving a pen and pad by the phone so that the person can write down messages but they and family have to realize there is this problem first.
It is an accumulation of lots of incidences like this that can register with close friends and families that something is wrong.
Many of the following symptoms can be normal signs of old age. Do not panic if you notice some of these. Alzheimer's disease is very difficult to diagnose and must be done by a specialist psychiatrist. It might be nothing or they could be the signs of any of many conditions too numerous to talk about here. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one don't be afraid to consult your doctor.
One of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease is the inability to cope with financial matters - losing the ability to control money, forgetting to pay bills. The telephone being cut off may be the first sign of trouble. A loved one who has been frugal and careful with budgeting for most of their lives can start to behave in extravagant ways. Their finances should be monitored.
Your loved one may be taken in by salesmen at the door or on the telephone, so do be careful of this.
It is wise to get Power of Attorney over a close relative’s affairs early. These days they advise you to give Power of Attorney to someone you trust when you are capable of understanding what it means as it is much easier then.
There is no substitute for a proper diagnosis. The advice of a doctor or psychiatrist is essential and they are very understanding. There is lots of help and support available, so don't be afraid to ask.
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