Alzheimer’s Disease

People with Alzheimer’s disease can experience both mental and physical symptoms. Your family members or friends might notice your symptoms before you do. Seeing a doctor and getting treatment while your symptoms are still in the early stages can help improve your long-term quality of life.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a type of dementia where brain cells die. The condition affects memory, thinking, and behavior. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, this disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s disease is more common in people over the age of 65, but some people have early onset AD and show symptoms as early as their 40s or 50s.

This is a progressive disease that worsens over time. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. After a diagnosis, people with the condition can live an average of four to 20 years.

Recognizing early symptoms of AD and intervening early helps prolong and improve your quality of life.

Early symptoms of AD

Early symptoms of AD can be mild and subtle — so subtle that you may not notice a change in your thinking or behavior. In the early stage of the disease, you’ll likely have trouble remembering new information. This is because the disease often begins to impact areas of the brain responsible for learning new information. You may repeat questions over and over, forget conversations or important appointments, or misplace objects such as your car keys.

 

Occasional memory loss can be a normal part of aging, so forgetfulness isn’t necessarily a sign of AD. However, you should speak with your doctor if the problem worsens.

Aging Alternatives Alzheimer’s Care Homes can help you at the moderate to severe level.

The top 10 warning signs

  • misplacing objects and being unable to retrace steps

  • memory loss that affects everyday life (unable to budget, drive to a location)

  • difficulty planning or problem solving

  • taking longer to accomplish normal daily tasks

  • losing track of time

  • difficulty following a conversation

  • having trouble determining distance and distinguishing colors

  • poor judgment leading to bad decisions

  • withdrawal from social activities

  • mood and personality changes and increased anxiety