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Understanding the telltale signs of Alzheimers is growing increasingly important as our loved ones age. Why? Although there is no known cure for the disease, the sooner it is caught the sooner families can make a plan and prepare for what lies ahead.
Alzheimer’s Disease is composed of three stages: very early, mild to moderate, and severe. Most cases are left undiagnosed until the mild to moderate stage. It is possible to detect and plan for the disease during even before the very early stage. You must be knowledgeable of what signs see, and how your family history and other factors contribute to the disease’s development.
A telltale sign of the ailment is memory loss and cognitive decline. We all experience a decrease in our memory and cognitive skills as we age. Scientists have concluded this is a natural part of aging. However, memory loss that is abnormal for a person’s age is one of the signs of Alzheimers. If a person is diagnosed with Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment, or MCI, keep a close watch for signs of Alzheimer’s. MCI is often misdiagnosed because it is so similar to the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease.
The most distinct symptoms of this ailment manifest during the mild to moderate or second stage. Individuals can grow paranoid and experience marked memory loss. Watch for repetition. Individuals will repeat themselves several times without realizing it. Delusions and hallucinations can occur. Many people say their loved ones will relive events from their past as if they are happening right then. This is a vivid sign of the disease. Trouble recognizing friends and family, and impulsive behavior are also symptoms of the ailment.
Individuals who develop Alzheimer’s often begin to have difficultly completing simple daily tasks on their own. Memory loss makes independence hard to hold onto. By watching for these common signs of Alzheimers, you can work with a qualified doctor to diagnosis the condition and begin helping the individual. Assisted living may be needed. The sooner you can plan and watch for the signs of alzheimers