Alzheimer’s being a condition that cannot be detected easily leaves many suffering for many years. In fact, many health professionals do not easily disclose to the patient that they suffer from this condition. It has been established that less than 45% of seniors diagnosed with Alzheimer’s were informed by their health provider. As for other illnesses such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases 90% or even more are told the diagnosis by the health provider. This problem shows how hard it really is to know when one is suffering from Alzheimer’s.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s:
- Loss of Memory-this is the most common sign of the disease. The patient tends to forget even the most recent learned information. They also forget some important dates or events and keep asking exactly the same information over and over again. Such people begin using some memory aids such as family members, short notes and electronic devices to remind them of things they used to manage on their own.
- Poor planning and problem solving ability-the person is no longer able to follow a plan or cannot work with numbers. It becomes extremely hard to follow a familiar recipe or even keep track of regular bills. They also find it hard to concentrate and take longer to do things they did fast initially.
- Familiar tasks at work, home and leisure are now difficult-they now find it hard to handle daily tasks. They no longer remember the rules of a favorite game, can no longer drive to familiar locations, and even find it hard to manage a budget.
- Loss of the ability to track dates, places and seasons-patients with Alzheimer’s lose track of dates, time passage, and seasons. They have difficulty in understanding why some things do not happen immediately and even at times never know where they are and cannot remember how they got there.
- Visual problems-Alzheimer’s patients have a hard time in reading and judging distance and cannot ascertain color and contrast. As a result they have problems driving.
- Speaking and writing problems-this is another sure sign of Alzheimer’s. The patient now experiences difficulty in carrying through a conversation. They may come to a sudden halt in a conversation and have no idea of proceeding with it or they may repeat themselves. They also struggle with some particular names since they cannot remember them. They call things by wrong names and finding the right words becomes a problem.
- Misplacing items and are unable to trace them-Alzheimer’s patients normally put things in some peculiar places and find it hard to trace them. They may even blame others for their lost items and this occurs continuously.
- Diminished or lack of proper judgment-those with Alzheimer’s fail in making sound judgments and decisions. For example, they may give out large amounts of money when purchasing items. They also no longer care about their grooming and cleanliness.
- Withdrawal-people with Alzheimer’s usually try to withdraw themselves from hobbies, sports, social activities, and even work projects. They have problems keeping up with their favorite teams and can no longer complete their favorite hobby. They don’t socialize any more also.
- Mood and personality changes-their mood and personality change unexpectedly. They may become depressed, confused, anxious, fearful, or suspicious. They easily get depressed at home, work, and in places where they feel out of place.