I see this everyday in my caregiver mission.
I have noticed more than a couple of the listed things affecting me.
But I am not planning on being around much longer.
So for you readers here is a post that was on Walgreens and the Alzheimer Association’s list of warning signs was there.
Many people fear that normal age-related mental changes like forgotten words or misplaced keys are early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
But ongoing issues with memory or problem-solving that disrupt your daily life can be an indication of a larger problem.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. 1 Although more common in people 60 years of age or older, the number of people with the disease doubles every 5 years after age 65.1 Alzheimer’s occurs when abnormal deposits of proteins form throughout the brain, primarily in the parts that store memories.2 These protein deposits interfere with your brain’s ability to transmit information, and can cause neurons, specialized nerve cells, to die. Damage to the brain may begin at least a decade before memory loss becomes evident.2
Watch for the Alzheimer’s Association’s 10 early signs and symptoms in yourself or someone you know:
- Memory loss. Forgetting important dates or events, repeatedly asking for the same information, or increasingly relying on notes or others to remember information you used to be able to retain.
- Challenges in problem-solving or planning. Finding new difficulties in working with numbers, such as following a familiar recipe or keeping track of bills.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks. Daily tasks such as driving to a familiar location or remembering how to play a favorite game.
- Losing track of dates, seasons and time.
- Difficulty understanding spatial relationships. Newfound problems reading or judging distances when driving.
- Difficulty using words. Having trouble joining or following a conversation
- Misplacing items. Losing the ability to retrace steps in order to find them.
- Impaired judgement. Giving large sums of money to telemarketers or strangers, or paying less attention to grooming or hygiene.
- Withdrawing from work, family or society. Facing trouble keeping up with their sports team or participating in a favorite hobby.
- Mood swings and personality changes. Easily becoming confused or suspicious, fearful or anxious, and getting easily upset.
If you notice the symptoms last for a period of time and disrupt daily life, don’t ignore them. Get checked—early detection matters.
By Nancy Kupka PhD, RN
Nancy Kupka is a Manager of Clinical Programs and Quality at Walgreens and accepts the fact that she is always losing her keys.
1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Aging. Alzheimers Disease. http://www.cdc.gov/aging/aginginfo/alzheimers.htm (accessed 7/18/16)
2. National Institute on Aging. Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center. About Alzheimer’s Disease: Alzheimer’s Basics. https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/topics/alzheimers-basics(accessed 9/25/16)
3. The Alzheimer’s Association. 10 Early Symptoms and Signs of Alzheimers. http://www.alz.org/10-signs-symptoms-alzheimers-dementia.asp (accessed 7/18/16)
And there you have it.
It is frightening and it will very likely kill us all.