Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s in Seniors
What are just normal signs of aging?
Normal signs of aging do include some memory loss. Some examples are meeting someone we know at the gorcery store, but not remembering their name until later that day, attending a social event but later having difficulties telling others about the event, and occasionally misplacing things. There are specific signs to look for that clearly signal Alzheimer’s disease.
What are some warning signs of Alzheimer's?
Some warning signs of Alzheimer’s include the inability to complete daily tasks, changes in mood or temperament, losing items in familiar places, and getting lost in familiar areas.
Alzheimer’s sufferers also may forget what day or time of year it is, spend less care and effort in personal hygiene, and show a resistance to social outings, possibly in anticipation of their emerging communication difficulties.
If you recognize any of these signs in yourself or a loved one, it’s important to get a checkup with your doctor.
What ill a doctor look at to diagnose Alzheimer's?
Your doctor will look at memory loss and atrophy of your cognitive skills, daily functioning issues, and behavioral or personality changes. There may also be a specific memory test that may be administered and brain-imaging tests that will show the progression of the disease if present.
These examinations will rule out other physiological conditions that may be affecting memory. The earlier the diagnosis, the earlier treatment can begin to lessen symptoms in order to maintain independence longer. There are also clinical trials for Alzheimer’s sufferers to participate in if they so choose.