An estimated 5.2 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer disease. This is the first in a two-part series.
Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that over time causes a slow but persistent decline in memory, reasoning and critical thinking. Such changes can alter a person’s ability to function and disrupt their daily living.
Although Alzheimer’s disease may develop slowly, most commonly in people 65 years old older.
Here are 5 common signs that may indicate an onset of Alzheimer’s disease:
Difficulty with normal daily tasks. This could include a struggle or inability to complete routine tasks such as bathing, cleaning up after oneself, preparing meals, reading a book, or focusing on a television show. Even having a normal conversation on the phone with a familiar person can become a challenge.
Confusion about time and places. This type of behavior includes not being able to recall common information such as the day of the week, the date, or the name of the President or a close friend. Whether it happens frequently or occasionally, such confusion warrants a professional evaluation.
Forgetfulness. This is one of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease. It includes forgetting information such as birthdays or other important dates, appointments, and repeatedly asking the same question. People who suffer from forgetfulness tend to need reminders more frequently.
Problem solving issues. Some people may develop issues working with numbers. This could show up as problems paying bills or following a recipe or forgetting monthly expenses. While some of these tasks may eventually get completed, the person takes longer and longer to finish.
Vision problems can be a common sign of Alzheimer’s disease. This can include trouble reading, trouble judging distance, confusion about contrast and color and problems driving.
If you notice any of these changes, see a doctor for a complete assessment. With proper management techniques, your doctor can help you control the symptoms and maintain daily activities.