The memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s encompasses more than just occasionally forgetting where you placed your glasses, or briefly forgetting why you went into the living room. “Senior Moments” are a common part of aging, but how do you know when it crosses over into something more serious, like Alzheimer’s or Dementia? It can be anxiety-inducing to experience these confusions and worry that it might be more significant, but knowing the signs is important.
Two of the signs that points to Alzheimer’s rather than normal forgetfulness is completely blanking out important dates or events, and repeating the same question or statement over and over. If you notice a loved one is stuck on a particular thought and doesn’t seem to notice that they are repeating themselves, it may be wise to keep an eye out for other symptoms.
Another common sign of Alzheimer’s is frequent trouble remembering how to get to very familiar locations, such as work or an often-visited grocery store. This can arise while driving, walking, or even becoming disoriented as a car or bus passenger. Trouble completing familiar tasks can also present itself as the inability to remember the rules of a favorite game or how to make a favorite food.
These early signs can be distressing to notice, but early diagnosis and treatment is key to managing Alzheimer’s as best as possible. If you notice these signs in yourself or a loved one, a visit to the doctor will ensure the needed help is given.
Watch the video below to see the 10 common signs of Alzheimer’s.
An Alzheimers diagnosis is heartbreaking and deeply frightening, hitting us with the realization that our minds are going to be affected. Adding to the frustration and fear is the fact that we don’t understand it and cannot cure it. There is only one solution: research. Each new breakthrough with this disease brings us closer to prevention, treatment, and with patience and perseverance, a cure. Learn how you can help us accomplish this goal! Click here to help.
TC currently lives in the soggy Pacific Northwest, bellied up to a sun lamp. In addition to writing, she enjoys photography and estate sales, and is the proud mother to an ever-growing collection of cacti.