Memory loss isn’t always the first symptom that Alzheimer’s disease is present. There are dozens of signs that can point to this illness, and many of them are difficult to spot because they occur slowly or don’t seem to have anything to do with the person’s memory.
The most important thing to look for is any change in the way the person behaves on a regular basis. That might be increased paranoia, excess nervousness or anxiety that wasn’t present before, or a change in the person’s level of introversion or extroversion. Someone in the early stages of Alzheimer’s may become more irritable and stop enjoying activities outside the house, or they may become more outgoing and begin to love making new friends.
If you or someone you know experiences any of the symptoms listed above or included in this video for at least six months, it may be worth visiting a doctor to ask about the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and what tests can be done to provide more insight.
Check out the video below to learn more about the 34-question checklist that may help you determine if someone is likely to have Alzheimer’s disease.
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?