Recognizing the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s
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.
The renowned 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.