Alzheimers Disease is a disorder in the brain that causes a lot of disfunctions that effect a person for the rest of their life. This disease is only common in elderly people between the ages of 60-90. The Alzheimers Association has estimated that over 4 million people in America are diagnosed with this disorder. If you or anyone of your friends and anyone in your family are curious about this condition. Here are 15 signs of Alzheimers Disease.
1. Memory Loss- AD can cause a huge amount of confusion, forgetfullness, stress and anxiety. Depression can also be an early sign of this disease. People diagnosed with AD or think they have this disorder will forget things like, names, faces, and past memories. Doctors say it’s not for certain what other things can be forgotten.
2. Mood Swings- Aggitation and anxiety are also a huge sign of AD. Constantly pacing around the room or getting upset is very common in early signs of this disorder. Relocating to a new home or nursing home often triggers these emotions tenfold.
3. Judgement- Making decisions that seem extremely irresponsible, inappropriate and even goofy. For example: Not dressing correctly for the weather or not being able to see when something is wrong or recognize a problem. Also, a lot of these decisions involve money.
4. Money Trouble- Once the disorder gets worse, someone with AD becomes an abstract thinker. In other words, that means their mind is all over the place and never focuses on just one thing. The problem with handling your finances when diagnosed with AD is, because of the abstract thinking, for the average person, it’s hard to identify numbers and hard to pay off bills and hold a budget.
5. Difficulty With Daily Tasks- A person suffering this disorder takes a lot longer to complete anything and has trouble finishing everyday tasks. The tasks that have been done over a hundred times. For example: Brushing your teeth or cooking a signature meal. Some suffer from sleeping distrubances due to nightmares or forgetting what time of day it is.
6. Misplacing- A strong indicator of AD is putting things in places they don’t belong. For instance, putting your keys in the freezer, or putting your purse in the fridge.
7. Wandering- About 60% of the men and women that have been diagnosed with AD are known to wander. They wander around aimlessly, walk off, forget where they are, and get lost. The inability to recognize faces and names, confusion, and relentlessness can cause a person to wander. In most cases, the person would leave the house thinking it’s 20 years earlier and they are leaving for work, or looking for food and other things on the subject.
8. Confusion With Time and Place- An AD patient, at times, will often forget where they live and simply get lost. A lot of the time they lose track of the date, time, and seasons. Another example, a family member, husband, or wife, will be gone for a couple minutes and the person with AD thinks it’s been months or years.
9. Repetitive Speech and/or Action- Repeating of words, actions, stories etc. is a hallmark for this disorder. They forget saying it once already so they feel the need to say it again or do it again. Other times, some people with AD can’t talk correctly anymore. They forget words or stop in the middle of the conversation because they don’t remember the subject.
10. Ignoring Grooming and Hygiene- As this illness progresses, a lot of the patients forget to take care of themselves. They often forget to brush their teeth, put on deoderant, change their clothes, and sometimes even forgetting to use the toilet. They also depend and rely on their care-giver 24/7. They end up losing all control of their bladder and appetite.
Please pay close attention to the symptoms. If you, or someone in your family suffers from any of these actions seek help immediatly. Those AD need taken care of and can be a danger to themselves or others. Take caution and be prepared. Those diagnosed with AD only live 4-8 years after being diagnosed. Help those in need.