We all have moments when we walk into a room and can’t remember why or can’t find our car keys. But as we age many people wonder if their forgetfulness is typical or something to worry about.
Everyone will have forgetful moments from time to time, but when memory problems start affecting life on a daily basis it could be a sign of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
It is important to recognize the early signs of Alzheimer’s so you can talk to your doctor. If diagnosed and treated early your doctor may be able to prescribe medications to help slow the disease’s effects.
Typical Early Alzheimer’s Symptoms
One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially recently learned information. Many people will remember details from years past, but struggle to remember what they did earlier that day or details of a conversation they just had. They may ask the same question several times and not remember the answer.
Changes in Mood
Many people with Alzheimer’s will experience mood swings going from calm to agitated. Family members may notice the person losing interest in activities they once enjoyed or becoming withdrawn and irritable.
Difficulty with Everyday Tasks
A person suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia may take longer to complete everyday tasks like dressing or cooking. As the disease progresses it becomes more and more difficult to complete these tasks on their own.
Everyone misplaces things from time to time, but people with Alzheimer’s will often hide or leave items in unusual places that don’t make sense to anyone else.
Talk To Your Doctor
These are just a few of the early warning signs. The Alzheimer’s Association has developed a guide to help you understand the 10 most common symptoms and discuss them with your doctor.