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Alzheimer’s Symptoms: 7 Warning Signs Of Progressive Brain Disorder

Medical Daily logo Medical Daily 3/25/2019 Darwin Malicdem
a group of people in a room: People with Alzheimer's disease sit in the refectory of a retirement home on October 18, 2016 in Saint Quirin, eastern France.  © Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images People with Alzheimer's disease sit in the refectory of a retirement home on October 18, 2016 in Saint Quirin, eastern France. 

Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disorder. It can cause a decline in thinking, as well as behavioral and social skills. Research suggests that it occurs due to a combination of genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors that affect the brain.

However, despite numerous studies being conducted over the years to explore Alzheimer's disease, it remains unknown for the medical community how the condition develops and how to cure it.

As the disease progresses from its early signs, it can significantly affect a person’s ability to carry out everyday tasks. To date, no method or medicine is available to prevent Alzheimer's, according to Mayo Clinic

Some clinics offer programs and services that can help support people with Alzheimer's disease and their families. This makes it important to know the condition’s early signs or symptoms to help sufferers get medical attention earlier. 

Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms

1. Confusion with time

According to the Alzheimer's Association, people developing the disease may struggle to understand events and when they happen. It may become difficult for them to know the day of the week and lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time. 

2. Memory loss

It is the most common sign of Alzheimer’s disease. In the condition’s early stage, an individual tends to forget recently learned information, such as names, dates and appointments. They may ask for the same information over and over again. 

3. Losing problem-solving skills

There would be changes in one’s ability to concentrate. Patients may take longer time to assess and do things. Some people may also find it difficult to create and follow a plan.

4. Difficulty completing tasks

The effects of Alzheimer's disease could lead to challenges in completing daily tasks. Common concerns of patients include difficulty in traveling to previously familiar places, managing a budget or remembering the rules of a favorite game.

5. Mood changes

People with the disease commonly show sudden changes in mood as well as personalities. They may become suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. Mood changes also make them easily upset, which could lead to social withdrawal. 

6. Trouble understanding visual images

Vision problems is also a common sign of Alzheimer's. A person may find it hard to read, judge distance and identify color or contrast.

7. Trouble following or joining a conversation 

People with Alzheimer's may appear confused in the middle of a conversation as they commonly lose the idea how to continue. They may also struggle with vocabulary, or to find the right word. 

If you find yourself or someone showing such signs of Alzheimer's disease, seek medical attention for assessment and diagnosis.

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