Memory changes as people grow older, if memory loss is seriously affecting daily life, that could be early sign of Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to waste away and die. It is a type of dementia. Alzheimer’s over time starts slowly with memory impairments and gets worse as other symptoms develop.
At first, some people with Alzheimer’s disease may notice the change in their memory themselves. Family or friends may be more likely to notice how the symptoms get worse.
There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. However, doctors can recommend medications and other treatments to help ease the symptoms and delay the progression of the disease for as long as possible.
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you think you or a loved one may have Alzheimer’s, it is important to consult your health care provider.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention listed the following 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s. People with one or more of these 10 warning signs should see a doctor to find the cause. Early diagnosis gives them a chance to seek treatment and plan for the future:
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relations
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality