Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, affecting one in every ten people over the age of 65.
While some issues related to memory can be related to stress, exhaustion, or even hunger, it’s important to pay attention to your symptoms to ensure it’s not more serious.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
If you experience the following symptoms on a regular basis, it might be time to talk to your physician:
Memory loss that disrupts daily life. Do you lose track of important dates, forget about appointments, or rely on notes to remember simple tasks? Forgetting things every once and awhile isn’t a big deal, but it might be a good idea to talk to your doctor if you think memory loss is affecting your ability to live normally.
Difficulty planning or solving problems. A lot of people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s find it difficult to develop a plan or work with numbers. This can lead to issues with paying bills, cooking, and other daily tasks.
Confusion with time and place. Alzheimer’s can lead to losing track of dates, losing a sense of time, and feeling disoriented. It can also cause people to get lost easily in places they’re familiar with.
Changes in vision. Difficulty reading, changes in depth perception, and difficulty determining colors can be a sign of the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
Losing things often. Misplacing your keys from time to time after a long day is normal. But if you find yourself putting keys, TV remotes, jewelry, and other things in unusual places, then it might be time to consult a physician.
Problems with speaking. People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They also commonly call things by the wrong name and have trouble picking the correct words.
Changes in mood or personality. The mood and personality of people with Alzheimer’s can change. They can become anxious, frustrated, and depressed, especially when experiencing memory loss or confusion.
Is Alzheimer’s Easy to Diagnose?
Because the symptoms of Alzheimer’s are similar to those of other conditions, it’s difficult to diagnose. While it’s usually not diagnosed until after death, tests can be done to rule out other conditions that might cause the symptoms. To come up with a diagnosis, a comprehensive evaluation that includes complete health history, physical examination, neurological and mental status assessments, analysis of blood and urine, electrocardiogram, and possibly an imaging exam, such as CT or MRI are done by a doctor.
Call DENT Institute at (716) 250-2000 if you believe you or a loved one might be suffering from Alzheimer’s.