Symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease - Memory Loss - Dimentia
It’s very difficult to know exactly when the symptoms of Alzheimer’s begin, or even if there are any specific symptoms of this common form of dementia.
The initial symptoms are very vague and because it is generally a disease of old age, indicators like mild forgetfulness or slight confusion could be put down to that.
Alzheimer’s typically begins with lapses of memory or forgetting the names for everyday objects. But let’s face it that can happen to any of us at times, whether young or old.
It’s when this forgetfulness becomes the norm and a person’s personality changes to such an extent that they don’t care about those around them (or even remember who they are) that there is a very strong indication that these might be symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
This is not a disease that a person suddenly wakes up with one morning. It’s very silent and slowly creeps up on its victims.
Because there is no single test for Alzheimer’s and the symptoms can mimic other diseases, doctors usually have a check list of common symptoms of the disease.
It’s important to remember that not everyone will get all the symptoms and very rarely, if at all, will two people suffer in exactly the same way.
Common Alzheimer’s disease symptoms include:
- Memory loss
This is one of the earliest signs. It’s not just a question of forgetting things now and again but rather a case of forgetting things completely and progressively more often.
- Difficulty performing everyday tasks
A person with Alzheimer’s may forget how to make a meal, open a tin or even how to use scissors or a knife and fork.
- Inability to remember words
A sufferer may be unable to remember simple everyday words or find the right word for something (a knife might become “the thing for cutting.”)
People with Alzheimer’s often forget where they are, why they are there, how they got there and how to get home. This happens in what would normally be familiar surroundings
- Losing things
Sufferers often put things in unusual places (a watch in the fruit bowl or slippers in the fridge).
- Impaired judgment
This might involve wearing inappropriate clothes (such as a dressing gown to the supermarket) or abandoning a project in the middle of doing it.
- Problems with mathematical and verbal skills
People may no longer be able to recall numbers, count, understand their change at the check-out or read simple instructions.
- No initiative
Another symptom of Alzheimer’s is that sufferers can lose interest in anything and everything around them.
- Mood swings
A normal, happy person may become irritable, irrational and possibly aggressive. These mood swings can be very sudden.
- Personality changes
Paranoia, jealousy, fear and delusions can all be common in the later stages of Alzheimer’s. Sufferers may accuse their partner of having an affair or display inappropriate sexual behavior (masturbating in public or trying to kiss someone they don’t know).