If you catch it early, you can fight it!
Alzheimer’s is a devastating neuro-degenerative disease that causes dementia, memory-loss, and eventually, death. The cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still unknown (though a small percentage of cases have been linked to genetics), but the symptoms are recognizable and important to keep an eye on. While there is no cure for the degeneration of neurons caused by Alzheimer’s, there are things you can do to slow the progression if the disease is caught early ― and the best way to do that is to know the warning signs.
Here are the things to look out for ― it might save you or a loved one.
While becoming more forgetful is a normal part of aging, memory loss that disrupts your life could be an early sign that there is something more sinister at work in your body. If you find that someone you love is having trouble recalling dates or names than before or find them needing to be told the same things over and over again without being able to retain the information, then it might be good for them to see a doctor.
Keep in mind, though, that forgetting small things is a normal part of life; it’s only of concern if you find that it’s happening enough that forgetting is making your or their day-to-day lives more difficult.
Losing Track of Time
This is a tough one because we all find ourselves losing track of time every now and then. If you find that you or your loved ones can’t remember important dates (birthdays, anniversaries, holidays) or have trouble remembering what day of the week it is (and don’t figure it out later), that’s a really bad sign and something that you should definitely keep an eye on.
This one ties in with many of the other symptoms already discussed, but it’s important if you’re worried about someone close to you because it’s easy to see from the outside.
Many people dealing with Alzheimer’s find it difficult to perform everyday tasks which often extends to self-care like brushing or styling their hair, changing their clothes, or shaving. If someone you love shows a marked difference in their personal hygiene, it’s something to pay attention to.