Alzheimer’s disease is a slowly progressive brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. Many scientists believe that Alzheimer’s disease results from an increase in the production or accumulation of a specific protein (beta-amyloid protein) in the brain that leads to nerve cell death. The likelihood of having Alzheimer’s disease increases substantially after the age of 70, and it may affect around 50% of persons over the age of 85. There are some warning symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease that you should see a doctor if your notice any of them. Recognizing the signs of Alzheimer’s disease can help lead to a quicker diagnosis.
1. Memory Loss: Memory loss is one of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease. It is normal for us to forget tiny details of events or conversations but a person with AD will forget recently learned information, what just happened, or will ask for the same information over and over again. Memory loss isn’t consistent, and people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease may forget certain information one day and remember it in the next.
2. Difficulty With familiar Tasks: People with Alzheimer’s often take a longer time to complete or the daily tasks that he used to do it hundreds of times before. In some cases, a person may have trouble getting to a familiar location or remembering the rules of his favorite games.
3. Challenges in Planning or Solving Problems: Some people with AD may lose their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may be unable to follow a recipe or keep track of monthly bills. Their concentration abilities decrease so they will have trouble doing the basic activities they are used to do before.
4. Confusion of time or place: It is common for people with Alzheimer’s to lose track of dates, seasons, and the passage of time. They also can forget where they live or where they are and this is why they can get easily lost.
5. Changes in Mood and Personality: Rapid and unexplained mood swings are a sign of Alzheimer. A person with Alzheimer’s may get easily angry for unreasonable cause and it may get upset in certain places. Also, there are some circumstances that can make a person with AD more anxious, such as relocating to a nursing home or being in places where he feels uncomfortable.