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Posted on Mar 5, 2016 in Alzheimer's/Dementia, Anxiety, Counseling, Elderly, Family, News

Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a chronic and progressive disorder that mainly affects memory and retaining power of the brain. As the disease progresses, it interferes with everyday tasks, social skills and ultimately starts degenerating brain cells and tissue. It affects intellect, daily chores, social interactions and memory of the most basic learned activities. It is a part of a group of disorders known as dementia, and all of them cause problems with memory, intellect and social behavior. Although there is no known cure for the disorder, it is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of its onset.

Signs and symptoms to look out for Alzheimer’s disease

Although each patient is different and reacts differently to changes in the brain, there are some symptoms that are common to most Alzheimer’s patients.

  • Confusion and forgetfulness in day to day activities.
  • Trouble following numbers and working with simple calculations.
  • Forgetting recent information like appointment dates, new chores or names of new people. Recent memories are affected the most at first.
  • Inability or difficulty in performing daily regular chores and activities.
  • Seeming suddenly lost in a place, not remembering where they are or no memory of how they got to the place.
  • Mood changes – depression, confusion, suspicion, anxiety – for no particular reason.
  • Problems with social interactions and withdrawal from such social situations.
  • Inability to form sentences, organize thoughts and communicate clearly.
  • Forgetting familiar routes near the home and getting lost frequently in known surroundings.
  • Inability to make logical and rational judgments about daily finances and other activities.

Understand that a lot of these changes may also occur due to age. The difference between age related problems and symptoms of the disorder is that these symptoms may occur suddenly or within a short period of time. If the problems are due to age, the patient may be able to communicate that or remember forgotten information later on, both of which do not usually happen with Alzheimer’s patients.

What to do once you recognize symptoms

It is highly unlikely that you would recognize these symptoms in yourself. It is usually a disorder that is observed by someone else. If you notice any or all of these symptoms in someone you know, it is important to take steps. If the person is a close family member, talk to the rest of the family and then to the person about the issue. If it is someone known to you, speak to their family. Diagnosis by a medical professional and treatment are two immediate and essential steps in this process.

Need more help?

The therapists at Agor Behavioral Health Services can help your family deal with issues related to Alzheimer’s Disease. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free 20 minute consultation to discuss your situation. Schedule an appointment by calling 630-621-5824 or send us a message.