Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, chronic condition for which there is no cure, but there
are treatments available that can delay the worsening of symptoms. Beginning
these treatments in the early stages of the disease provides the best
opportunity to slow down the progression, so being vigilant about recognizing
the symptoms is important. If you or someone you love is experiencing
any of these early signs of Alzheimer’s disease, consider talking
to your doctor.
Forgetting Recently Learned Information
Memory loss is one of the most common – and first – symptoms
of Alzheimer’s disease. Typically, memories of recent information
are affected, rather than long-term memories. For instance, in the early
stages of Alzheimer’s, people may frequently forget the names of
new people they meet or details of how to get to a new location. It is
normal to experience some degree of age-related memory loss, but with
Alzheimer’s disease, the loss of memory becomes so severe that it
disrupts daily life.
Trouble Completing Familiar Tasks
With Alzheimer’s disease, people often struggle to perform tasks
that are very familiar to them. They may forget how to operate the copier
at work or how to make a favorite recipe. This is different from having
to pull out the instructions to change your TV settings or forgetting
how to set the clock on the microwave after the power goes out. Alzheimer’s
disease creates consistent, dramatic disruption in task completion.
Changes in Personality
It’s common for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s
to be noticeably more depressed or anxious than before. They may become
agitated more easily than normal, especially in unfamiliar surroundings.
These personality changes are different from the irritation some older
people display when their routines are disrupted.
Nevada Neurosciences Institute at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas offers advanced
diagnostics and treatment options for people with a range of neurological
conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, and cutting-edge stroke
care. Call our hospital at (702) 233-5300 to request a physician referral
to a neurologist or to learn more about the rest of our hospital services.