A special report published recently by the Alzheimer’s Association, noted; “An estimated 5.4 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease in 2012. This figure includes 5.2 million people age 65 and older and 200,000 individuals age 65 who have younger-onset Alzheimer’s.” According to CNN this number is expected to rise to 16 million by 2050!
The Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org) has published a list of warning signs and symptoms of someone suspected of Alzheimer’s Disease. This is an important list, and we’d encourage you to pass it along to others that may need this valuable resource. Knowing the signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease, can help keep you (or your loved one) out of trouble should these signs start to occur more regularly.
“The 10 Early Signs Of Alzheimer’s Disease”
- Memory Loss That Disrupts Daily Life (like forgetting names and appointments and remembering them later)
- Challenges In Planning Or Solving Problems (like making errors when paying bills or balancing a checkbook)
- Difficulty Completing Familiar Tasks At Home, At Work Or At Leisure (like occasionally needing help with the settings on an oven or DVD player)
- Confusion With Time Or Place (like getting confused about the day of the week, and remembering later)
- Trouble Understanding Visual Images & Spatial Relationships (like difficulty reading or differentiating colors)
- New Problems With Words In Speaking Or Writing (like having trouble finding the right word to use in conversation)
- Misplacing Things & Losing The Ability To Retrace Steps (like misplacing something and retracing steps to find it)
- Decreased Or Poor Judgment (like giving money to telemarketers)
- Withdrawal From Work Or Social Activities (like not attending events with friends)
- Changes In Mood & Personality (like becoming easily irritable)
“Studies presented at the (2011 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease) conference reinforced the notion that signs of Alzheimer’s may develop in the brain 10 to 20 years before any symptoms begin.” -CNN Health
If you or anyone you know is experiencing any number of these signs you should consult with medical personnel immediately. For further information and a thorough explanation of each of the symptoms above, visit alz.org.