By Bill Kray
10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
This abbreviated list, provided by Alzheimer’s Association, is for information only and not a substitute for a consultation with a qualified medical professional.
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
- Challenges in planning or solving problems.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
- Confusion with time or place.
- Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
- New problems with words in speaking or writing.
- Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
- Decreased or poor judgment.
- Withdrawal from work or social activities.
- Changes in mood and personality.
By 2050, the number of individuals 65 and older with Alzheimer's is projected to number 11 million to 16 million — unless medical breakthroughs identify ways to prevent or more effectively treat the disease.
November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. If there's one thing you should remember, it's that Alzheimer's is not a disease to forget. Symptoms can be managed with proper treatment and patient oversight.