By Amber Bass
The Alzheimer’s Association reported that in 2012, one in eight older adults is diagnosed with the disease and it is the sixth leading cause of death in The United States. With this in mind, early detection is essential. As we and our loved ones age, things change but certain “forgetfulness” can be red flags to a more serious condition. Simple signs can be easily missed. Noticing that a parent is no longer cooking food can be a sign that he or she has forgotten how to turn on the stove, so they simply don’t prepare hot meals anymore. This person is aware they are hungry and know they need a pan and remember the recipe as well, but once standing in front of the oven, that tiny but essential piece of memory of how to use it is gone. A simple trip to the store can end in terror for a person with the onset of Alzheimer’s because they cannot remember how to get home.
Here are 5 warning signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s to keep in mind for yourself and loved ones.
Memory loss that disrupts daily life: Sometimes forgetting names or appointments, but remembering them later.
Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure: Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.
Confusion with time or place: Getting confused about the day of the week but figuring it out later.
Withdrawal from work or social activities: Sometimes feeling weary of work, family and social obligations.
Changes in mood and personality: Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.
If you observe any of the 5 warning signs of Alzheimer’s in yourself or someone you know, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor.