Alzheimer’s Disease is an incurable form of dementia, impacting memory, thinking and behavior, that gradually worsens over time. Common in older populations, it’s estimated that over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease today.
How do you know if a loved one might be displaying early signs of Alzheimer’s? Here’s a look at 10 warning signs to watch out for:
- Forgetfulness: Easily forgetting recently learned information, having to rely on reminders or sticky notes and asking the same questions over and over is a common early sign.
- Difficulties in solving elementary problems or planning.
- Trouble completing familiar tasks, like driving to work, managing a budget or remembering the rules of a popular game.
- Confusion, especially if it involves forgetting how they arrived somewhere.
- Visual image challenges: Trouble reading and a difficulty judging distance are common early signs.
- Difficulty with verbal/written communication.
- Misplacement of items and not being able to retrace their steps to locate said item.
- Poor judgment: Common signs include carelessness with money and a lack of proper bathing and grooming.
- Removal from activities: One thing to keep a lookout for is whether or not someone is removing themselves from everyday activities, like work, social activities or any hobbies they were active in.
- Last but not least, another warning sign is changes in mood and personality. Confusion, depression, anxiousness and fear fullness are all common signs associated with the disease.
If you suspect a loved one may be showing early signs of Alzheimer’s, it’s important to get them to a doctor. You may also want to contact a Massachusetts elder law attorney to attain Massachusetts power of attorney if you feel your loved one is no longer healthy enough for make decisions for themselves. For more information, contact your Massachusetts elder lawyer today.