10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer Disease
Alzheimer’s, a common cause of dementia, accounts for more than 60% of dementia cases in the United States (Cummings et al., 2015). It is a progressive disease whereby the loss of memory and other cognitive abilities worsens over a period. This condition is associated with advancement in the age of an individual and is common among people who are more than 65 years. According to Alzheimer’s Association (2019), late diagnosis of this condition remains high, hence the need to identify early warning signs. Caregivers and the medical providers should be aware of 10 early warning signs of dementia to help in early detection. Alzheimer’s Association (2019), states that early indicators are memory loss that disrupts life, for example, forgetting dates, challenges in planning or solving problems, for instance, difficulty in keeping track of monthly bills and completing daily familiar tasks at home or at the workplace. Following the gradual loss of memory and cognitive function, symptoms of confusion in time or place after losing track of dates or seasons, trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships caused by difficulty in judging distance and reading, and a new challenge in written or spoken words, for instance, problems in following or joining a conversation, become evident. Furthermore, a patient may show symptoms such as losing the ability to retrace steps, misplacing things, poor judgment, social withdrawal from work and recreational activities, as well as changes in mood and personality.
Counseling is one of the methods of managing the condition and can help in preventing early complications (Cummings et al., 2015). The objective of this therapy is managing stress and depression associated with cognitive decline and loss of daily functions (Karlawish, 2014). Patients are also advised on the importance of consuming Mediterranean food.
Alzheimer’s Association. 10 Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s. (2019). Retrieved March 19, 2019, from https://www.alz.org/alzheimers-dementia/10_signs
Cummings, J. L., Isaacson, R. S., Schmitt, F. A., & Velting, D. M. (2015). A practical algorithm for managing Alzheimer’s disease: What, when, and why? Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, 2(3), 307-323. doi:10.1002/acn3.166
Karlawish, J. (2014). How are we going to live with Alzheimer’s disease? Health Affairs, 33(4), 541-546. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2014.0089