Alzheimer's waring signs you should know about

Published on: 21/08/2022

As the well-known old adage goes, prevention is better than cure. This applies to Alzheimer's as well. So what should you look out for?

Many films today either have a plot that centers on how Alzheimer's disease affects the tide of events in people's lives or dish on the personal struggle of a particular character who suffers from it. Either way, we, the audience, get a glimpse of what it is like to live a life accompanied by a life-changing (and probably unwanted) guest.

Right, a glimpse. Because mostly, what we are fed is just a chunk of life during the battle or its post-war accounts, rarely its pre-offset.

As anyone may already know, Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia that significantly interferes with an individual's innate capability to remember, think clearly, and behave normally. But regarding how and when it starts taking over one's life, it does not seem like common knowledge among us. Indeed, though, it does not come with old age.

Alzheimer's Settlement in One's Life

The Alzheimer's Association – "a voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support, and research" – on their easily accessible website are 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's, whose unusual presence in a person's lifestyle issues a visit to the doctor.

In connection to this, we made a checklist for your reference should you or someone you know start acting differently than usual, so you/they could promptly get checked and immediately stop the possible blossoming of Alzheimer's. 

  1. Forgetting recently learned information results in a relentless inquiry, or forgetting notable dates and events, rendering you greatly dependent on memory aids such as an actual reminder notebook or the digital version.
  2. Strangely, having trouble developing plans, sticking to manuals, dealing with anything involving numbers, and generally just concentrating, you can do well.
  3. It is hard to go about your usual stuff at home, work, or leisure, like driving to the grocery store or remembering the rules of your favorite game.
  4. Losing track of time and sometimes failing to remember where you are or how you got to your current destination. 
  5. Experiencing uncanny difficulty in reading, judging distance, and determining color and contrast.
  6. Not being able to keep up with conversations you usually jive along with before, and suddenly losing the right words to say, sometimes even resulting in calling things wrongly.
  7. Often misplacing things sans the capability to trace back your actions leading to the act. Correspondingly, you may blame others and accuse them of theft.
  8. Generally, neglecting both your outer appearance and hygiene.
  9. Purposely secluding yourself from everyone and everything.
  10. Encountering bizarre mood swings and personality changes.

Some people may have second thoughts about paying the doctor a visit, either because they are scared of what they will possibly hear or because they do not see this as a matter worth spending their time and money on. Still, just in case you are one of them, we provide you with the most important reasons why you should not be:

  • You will have access to various treatment options and clinical trials;
  • You (and your family members) will have less anxiety about you experiencing the symptoms;
  • You will have ample time to map out your future, particularly during each stage of the disease, and;
  • You may save a lot of money if you have an early diagnosis.

With everything said, here's the bottom line: if you or someone you know experienced any of the warning signs, make sure you do not disregard it and just see it as a symptom of aging because it is much better to be dubious now than sorry later.