If you catch it early, you can fight it!
Difficulty Problem Solving
Another indicator of Alzheimer’s is a decline in problem solving or planning skills. If you’re finding it more difficult to follow instructions, plan your day, or keep track of budgets or expenses, you might want to keep an eye on it.
Alzheimer’s patients tend to find that their first symptom that went unnoticed was a decrease in ability to make or execute plans and a loss of concentration when dealing with those kinds of tasks.
Difficulty With Everyday Tasks
Sure, we all need a little help every now and then, but if you find that things you used to do with ease are becoming more and more difficult to execute, that’s of concern.
Of course, I don’t mean things like running a mile or lifting weights ― our bodies all get weaker as we age. I mean things like writing an email, completing an everyday task at work, or driving to a location you’ve visited multiple times. If simple mental tasks that were once second nature require more time or thought than they should, it’s definitely of concern.
We’ve all had that frustrating moment in which we can’t quite find the right word, but if that happens to you often (or you notice it happening more and more) it might be an early sign of a neuro-degenerative disease.
Other related symptoms include getting lost in the middle of a sentence, feeling stuck when writing a sentence, repeating the same thoughts multiple times, or forgetting words for every day items and using substitutes (“spiked spoon” instead of “fork,” for example).