Know the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

February 16, 2016 in Our News & Bulletins by Anchor Health Care




Whether you are a caregiver or someone who has concerns about memory loss, knowing the risk factors for dementia can help make lifestyle changes that can benefit the health of your brain.  Early diagnosis also allows those living with the disease to be active along with caregivers in making decisions about caregiving, living arrangements, transportation, safety and financial and legal matters.

While age is the single biggest risk factor for developing dementia, there are other issues that factor into the risk for dementia, such as family history, certain genes, head trauma, heart health, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

The 10 Warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease include:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
  4. Confusion with time and place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased or poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

Encourage someone with symptoms to visit a health care professional so that they can be properly assessed and diagnosed.  Some signs can be treated or reversed.  It may not even be dementia, but another illness or problem that needs proper treatment.  Early detection can also help you plan for the future.

This excellent information provided by Amy Hosier, PhD Specialist for Family Life.

 

 

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