35 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's Disease

This article will show you everything you need to know about Alzheimer’s disease.

First, I’ll explain to you what Alzheimer’s disease is. 

Then, I’ll show you who is affected by this disease, the early signs, causes, and many more.

Ready to take a deep dive into this Alzheimer’s topic? 

Let’s get started!

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease (senile dementia) is a progressive chronic neurodegenerative disease whose signature sign is memory loss. 

It is the gradual wasting of brain cells over time.

Therefore symptoms worsen over time.

To put it simply, Alzheimer’s is a disease that alters a person’s life gradually. 

With a continuous decline in memory and thinking skills, the person is forced to be entirely dependent on others to carry out simple everyday tasks.

As pointed out by the Mayo Clinic, Alzheimer’s is the cause of 60-80% of dementia cases.

Some of the complications associated with Alzheimer’s are:

  • Falls and Fractures
  • Inability to communicate when he or she feels pains.
  • Difficulty following a prescribed treatment plan or even remembering the side effects associated with each drug

Who is affected by Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s is most common in adults 65 years and above, but it is not a normal part of aging. 

It has no cure, but there are treatments available to manage symptoms.

Here are the 35 early signs of Alzheimer’s disease

  1. Progressive memory loss (difficulty remembering recent events at first, slowly progress to problem remembering things that happened weeks ago then it advances to completely forgetting an entire live event, for example, forgetting they were ever married or had kids or the faces of their loved ones)
  2. Disorientation
  3. Difficulty concentrating
  4. Confusion with time and place
  5. Problems with the understanding of the basic concept of things
  6. Problems processing thoughts
  7. Having problems solving simple math problems
  8. Finding it difficult to create new memories
  9. Problems recognizing common things
  10. Seeing blurred or faded environments around them.
  11. Anxiety
  12. Meaningless repetition of words
  13. Wandering and getting lost
  14. Aggression
  15. Complete Change of personality
  16. Loneliness
  17. Mood swings
  18. Depression
  19. Hallucinations (seeing, hearing, and feeling something that is not physically there).
  20. Paranoia
  21. Problem taking care of oneself
  22. Substituting one item for another, for example, picking an obvious can of pepper instead of sugar and pouring it into a bowl of cereal
  23. Forgetting important dates and events, for instance, forgetting one’s own birth date
  24. Having less interest and drive to do anything. Less interest to attend a social gathering
  25. Inability to express oneself adequately with words
  26. Problems with driving because of the issues remembering a familiar route
  27. Delusions (Thinking the nurse trying to take care of him or she is out to harm them)
  28. Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
  29. Loss of bladder control
  30. Having problems swallowing
  31. Loss of bowel control
  32. Weight loss because of lack of appetite
  33. Simple day-to-day task becomes difficult like balancing checkbooks and reading to grandkids.
  34. Problems using simple appliances, for example, blenders, microwaves
  35. Inability to walk around alone.

Cause of Alzheimer’s Disease

The cause of Alzheimer’s is not so clear, but factors that can put you at risk for Alzheimer’s are:

  • Increasing age
  • Sex (it is more common in women)
  • Hypertension
  • Genetics
  • Past head injuries
  • Smoking or being exposed to secondhand cigarette smoking
  • Heavy alcohol consumption
  • Depression
  • Down syndrome
  • Poor sleeping patterns
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes type 2 (when untreated)
  • Elevated cholesterol levels

Can Alzheimer’s be treated?

As of today, there is currently no remedy for Alzheimer’s disease or way of stopping the progression of the disease, although treatment of that involves cognition enhancement medications.

The two cognitive enhancement medications approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (donepezil, galantamine, rivastigmine, tacrine) and Memantine.

Psychosocial intervention and nursing facilities are also necessary to teach the treatment plan.

In summary

Alzheimer’s disease is a continuous decline in thinking and behavior. 

A healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of developing various diseases, including those that affect the brain and cognitive functions.

If you or your loved one experiences any likely serious memory loss symptoms, depression, trouble focusing, confusion, and trouble sleeping, talk to a doctor.

Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease