Monday, July 14, 2014

Early Signs Of Dementia And Alzheimer's

There are millions of people in the country that are affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s, but many do not understand what the early signs of the disease are.  Because dementia can develop over a long period of time, the early signs are key to diagnosing it and keeping the possibility high that you can prevent the effects of it.  Some also think that dementia is a disease itself, but in fact, dementia is the general term used to describe the decline of your mental ability once it interferes with your daily activities.  Because there are many things that can lead up to the development of dementia, the early warning signs might be hard to pick up.  Alzheimer’s disease is certainly one thing that can cause dementia, plus it is easier to diagnose.  Studies show that those with dementia, about 60 to 80 percent of them are also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

In general, once your memory or other functions of the brain are affecting your daily activities, it is time to get checked out.  Dementia symptoms can include simple memory loss, communication problems, lack of focus, poor judgment and visual perception.  These are the most common early signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s, but there are others that are not as common.  One important thing to remember is that just because a person is suffering from memory loss, that does not mean they have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.  If you feel you are suffering from memory loss, you should visit your doctor to try to find out what is causing it.  Treating dementia is important, but because it is often times a result of Alzheimer’s, getting diagnosed as soon as possible is even more important.

The early warning signs for Alzheimer’s include changes in memory that interrupt your daily life.  Because memory loss is the most common early sign, it is very easy to diagnose Alzheimer’s earlier than need be.  Forgetting names of people or appointments that you have scheduled are just two common, simple memory loss problems that people with Alzheimer’s suffer from.  If it is difficult for you to plan an event or solve daily problems you could be in the early stages of Alzheimer’s.  Making errors in your checkbook or having problems keeping track of your monthly bills can be attributed to the loss of the mental ability to do so.  If you start to find it more difficult to complete certain daily tasks that you should be familiar with, that could be a early sign as well.  If you cannot remember how to operate your dishwasher or program the microwave, it might be time to consider getting checked out by a doctor.

Just like memory loss being quite common, being confused is just the same in patients that are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.  If you find yourself standing in a room, but cannot figure out why, you could be in the early stages.  Forgetting the time of day or simply losing track of time and missing an appointment are also things that can trigger a diagnosis.  Some people with Alzheimer’s also have problems understanding images or perspective.  These two issues can cause problems while driving since the judging of distance is usually also affected.  If a person has difficulty speaking  words they know how to use in a sentence, it could be a serious effect of the Alzheimer’s disease.  Should you have waited this long to get to a doctor, that can no longer be put off.  Repeating sentences, taking extra time to find the right word or just stopping because they are not sure how to continue are all early warning signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

The early signs might be very simple to see by a doctor, but since it does take some time for the entire disease to unfold, a diagnosis might not come soon enough.  Many of the early signs can also be confused with things that happen as people age and that is why it is important to go through routine checkups more regularly when you get older than 50.  Studies show that Alzheimer’s has been rarely diagnosed in those that are under the age of 50.