Alzheimer’s Warning Signs (Palos)

Of the many diseases that plague us as we grow older, one of the more difficult diseases to deal with is Alzheimer’s. There are currently over 5.4 million Americans that suffer from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. There is no known cure for Alzheimer’s nor is there any remedy to stop the onset or slow the progression of the disease, but noticing the warning signs and detecting the disease early in its development can make a big difference in the type of care provided as well as the decision making of the patient and their families.

Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, it is important to recognize the warning signs in the early stages of the disease for more effective care provisions. The first warning sign of Alzheimer’s is short-term memory loss. Short-term memory loss itself may not be a sign of Alzheimer’s because we all tend to forget simple things, like where we left our shoes, especially as we get older. However, if someone is forgetting things to the point that it disrupts their daily lives and routines, then that person might be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. The symptoms of this disease begin with short-term memory loss that soon progresses into an inability to complete familiar tasks and solve simple problems. These symptoms can be extremely disruptive to daily life and even compromise the safety of those affected. It is in these stages of the disease that a plan of action should be created and implemented to care for the patient as the disease progresses.

As Alzheimer’s disease develops, the memory loss is accompanied by a general feeling of confusion with the current time or place. Those suffering from Alzheimer’s have a tendency to forget where they are and how they got there which may cause them to also have trouble relating to the people around them in this state of confusion. This confused state leads to other problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease including anti-social behavior and trouble with vocabulary, eventually causing a breakdown in communication. If the disease is detected early, the one affected will still be healthy enough to have a say in developing their care plan before they are largely unable to communicate with anyone.

If you believe that you or a loved one may be suffering from the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, consult a doctor immediately. Certain doctors such as neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and geriatricians specialize in the diagnoses of Alzheimer’s disease and creating care plans for Alzheimer’s patients. Detecting the disease early allows the Alzheimer’s patient to be part of their own care plan and make decisions regarding their living arrangements, legal matters, and treatment as the disease progresses. The effects of Alzheimer’s can be damaging to the victim and their families but if it is detected early, the damage can effectively be controlled and minimized.