Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disorder that develops gradually and gets progressively worse over time. It is known to account for over 60% of all cases of dementia. In the advanced stages of the disease, people exhibit loss of bodily functions alongside other symptoms, what finally leads to their death. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this condition though medication may help improve the symptoms and perhaps increase life expectancy to a certain extent.
It is noteworthy, that without medication, more and more symptoms will develop in a shorter time span and become rather severe very quickly. Thus, early diagnosis helps victims maintain physiological and social normalcy for a longer period of time. Anyone exhibiting the following signs should be checked for Alzheimer’s by a medical practitioner.
1. Memory Problems
Patients with Alzheimer’s exhibit memory problems as the earliest signs of the disease. They tend to be forgetful, especially with regard to recent occurrences – a condition termed “short-term memory loss”. Not remembering conversations or appointments with others and forgetting pre-scheduled or important events are common. Alzheimer’s patients will also ask the same questions or repeat their previous statements over and over again. They are likely to misplace their possessions, typically having left them in odd places, which may often have disastrous consequences. Remembering names of familiar people and/or objects also becomes difficult eventually.