Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia. It damages the parts of the brain that control thinking, memory, language, behavior, and daily life. If the people around you are constantly observing the warning signs of this disease, it may help them prepare to cope and take care of the patient early because the earlier it is detected, the more beneficial the treatment.
Symptoms that may be signs of Alzheimer’s disease
The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are not the only symptoms of forgetfulness, as many people understand. But there are other symptoms that can be observed as follows:
- Confused about time and place. Naturally, people may forget some day or time. But with Alzheimer’s, it is more likely to have trouble recognizing dates, times, locations, and getting lost. They’re also difficult to understand things, or they often wonder why they don’t happen right away.
- Forgetfulness or loss of memory, Even though the elderly sometimes forget something But most often come to mind later This is different from the symptoms of forgetfulness found in Alzheimer’s patients. That may even forget an important event or appointment, Asking questions that have been asked over and over again Including having to take notes Use a mnemonic or having to have those around him tell him to do things as he used to.
- Lost things, both important and frequently used items such as toothbrushes, glasses, watches, house keys, car keys, etc., and often misplaced things that they cannot find or can’t imagine where they are stored. Which may place the TV remote in the refrigerator or put the phone in the bathroom.
- Trouble doing daily activities, such as neglecting your shower or cleaning yourself. Cannot use household appliances as they used to regularly. Games or hobbies that I used to do turns out to be difficult or even a simple leisure activity will not be able to do the same.
- Problems with speech and conversation. Some elderly people may not remember certain words. But people with Alzheimer’s often have more problems. For example, following a conversation not keeping up with Interruption during the conversation, repeat the same words or sentences over and over, a misnomer, using in a different language, incorrect or incorrectly calling out names of people, things, or places.
- Paranoid and hallucinations, It may begin to have unreasonable thoughts or doubts, such as saying that someone has stolen something, although it may actually be lost or forgotten. Moreover, Some Alzheimer’s patients may hallucinate and think someone will hurt themselves. or other sensory disorders such as hearing, smell, and taste, etc., and may perceive things that do not actually happen.
- Has a violent temper and behaves strangely, Although it is normal for the elderly to become easily frustrated if interrupted and when things don’t go as planned, but people with Alzheimer’s tend to have mood swings more easily. Or there are different kinds of emotions that occur at the same time. Such as anger, aggression, suspicion, confusion, depression, fear, depression, and anxiety, etc. In addition, the patient may behave differently. Or behaving more aggressively, such as causing disturbance Acting suspicious and dishonest Prefers to hide things in different places, wear fewer or more clothes than usual, shouting loudly, like to use violence, etc.
- Decreased efficiency in planning, problem-solving, and decision making. Alzheimer’s patients often have problems with their preparation taking steps and work related to numbers. It may be noted that the patient is unable to cook familiar dishes fluently. Paying bills for water, electricity and other expenses that used to be done every month is more difficult. Less focus on doing things, spending on things you wouldn’t normally use, and often wrong decisions.
- Have vision problems,Increasing age can contribute to the development of cataracts in the general elderly. But Alzheimer’s patients have more serious vision problems. For example, having difficulty reading letters or seeing the text more difficult. Including the vision, distance shifted, or not able to distinguish colors, Which may affect the driving and the compliance of various traffic lights.
- Lethargic, unmotivated, and tired of meeting people. About 40 percent of Alzheimer’s patients will also have symptoms of depression. This often causes early- or middle-term patients to feel sluggish, lack of motivation, and tired of meeting people. Don’t want to socialize and often spend time watching TV or sleeping. However, these symptoms may not always be a sign of Alzheimer’s. But it can be caused by other factors as well. For example, getting older can result in cognitive dysfunction that makes you feel like you don’t want to talk to anyone, or is it just exhaustion from work Family care and socialization, etc.
- Loss of motor skills, Alzheimer’s patients often have difficulty handling objects, such as being unable to attach or unbutton their shirts. Having trouble eating a spoon or fork, etc. However, such problems can be caused by other factors as well. Such as Parkinson’s disease that causes the patient to have trembling hands, hand muscle weakness, numbness, or loss of sensation.
However, the symptoms of delusions or any of the above problems can also be a result of other factors such as fatigue, health problems, and the use of certain medications. However, the symptoms of delusions or any of the above problems can also be a result of other factors such as fatigue, health problems, and the use of certain medications.