Forgetting where you put your keys, muttering about bad weather, talking too much is sometimes abnormal. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of senile dementia, accounting for 60% to 80% of all age-related neurological disorders. In all its strength, the disease manifests itself, as a rule, after 60 years. However, the first bells suggesting a bad outcome can be seen much earlier.
The death of brain cells (and this is the essence of Alzheimer’s disease) can be slowed down if you recognize the coming ailment in time and seek help from a doctor.ADVERTISEMENT
Be sure to consult a specialist if you observe at least a couple of the symptoms listed below in yourself or a loved one.
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What early symptoms of Alzheimer’s to look for
1. Regular blackouts that complicate daily life
Increasing forgetfulness is the first and most important sign that Alzheimer’s may be sneaking into you. You can’t remember what you talked about with a colleague yesterday. You forget important dates and scheduled events. More and more often, seeing a seemingly familiar face, you are tormented by the question: “I think I know him, what is his name?” More and more, you need diaries, planners, to-do lists, and sticky notes with reminders.
Forgetfulness, which has reached the threshold when it seriously begins to complicate your life, in itself, even without other symptoms, is a serious reason to consult a therapist as soon as possible.
2. Difficulties with planning and decision making
Perhaps your memory is okay, and you remember exactly what you did yesterday and intended to do the next day. But how? The process of planning a day, until recently so simple and natural, turns into a tedious burden that you want to avoid.
To your friend’s offer to meet at lunch, you hesitantly answer: “I don’t know if I will be free.” Less and less often, you agree to spend the weekend with friends (after all, you need to plan an event convenient for everyone!). You often find that you forget to pay utility bills on time, make annoying mistakes in calculations, and do not know how much money you have in your wallet. Why are there bills and friendly plans – even making a cake according to a long-known recipe becomes difficult.
This confusion speaks of problems with the so-called executive system of the brain, one of the first to be damaged when dementia occurs.
3. Difficulty completing common tasks
You have played this game for many years, and now suddenly you cannot remember the key rule. Or you catch yourself getting lost, although you know the area well. Or look at a document open in the editor and do not understand what to click to change the font, although you have been working with this program for several months.
Failure to cope with tasks that were previously easy is another wake-up call.
4. Confusion over time and space
Sometimes you think so deeply that at some point, you start, look around and think: “Where am I? How did I get here?” Or, for example, you cannot remember exactly when you met with an old friend – two days ago or last week? Or maybe it was in the summer?
It becomes difficult to estimate time and distance. There are problems with the descent and ascent of the stairs, taking a bath (after all, you need to climb into it, having calculated the depth and the necessary movements), finding the way to the desired place.
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5. Problems with speaking and writing
You forget the words and more and more often replace them with phrases like “well, that thing that you get it.” The vocabulary is generally becoming scarcer. But verbosity appears; disturbances in the brain’s work do not allow formulating thoughts clearly, and briefly, you have to indulge in lengthy arguments. And in the process, you often find yourself on the fact that you forgot what, in fact, you wanted to say.
Adapted and translated by The Cop Cart Staff
Sources: Life hacker