Alzheimer’s Symptoms

Brain cells die gradually in the case of Alzheimer’s disease, the death of these cells make it challenging to relay signals to the brain properly. There are many different symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s Disease so it’s important to observe and be honest when evaluating your loved one.

Alzheimer’s symptoms may be challenging to recognize in the beginning. You may simply believe that the symptoms are forgetfulness or sometimes losing focus as a normal part of aging. Everyone has a day like this now and again. However, as Alzheimer’s progresses, these symptoms become more than “normal” they become scary and frightening. It’s important to get a medical opinion immediately. They can incapacitate and are dangerous. In the latter phases of Alzheimer’s, people frequently require care round the clock.

Alzheimer's symptoms

Early Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms:

Here are some early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s:

Short term memory loss is one of the most frequent early symptoms in Alzheimer’s. If the person has trouble recalling recent conversations or events they could be at high risk.

Difficulty performing normal tasks. If the person is challenged by everyday tasks such as brushing teeth or washing hair or even making a simple telephone call they could be at risk.

Disoriented. If the person gets lost in their own neighborhood, finds themselves putting their glasses in the refrigerator (or somewhere else they don’t belong) it may be time for a check up.

Problems planning and managing money, writing a shopping list or even paying the bills can all be signals the person needs medical attention.

Language issues? Forgetting words, and instead using “thing” for the words forgotten.

Unpredictable mood swings that happen rapidly. Shifting from happy to sad or vice versa for no obvious reason can signal serious medical issues.

No motivation. Normal activities lose their luster. Avoiding friends an family. Starring at the television.

Changes in sleep patterns. Sleeping longer than normal or sleeping during the day and staying awake at night.

Middle Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms

Once the middle stage is reached the symptoms demand more attention and care. Here are the symptoms related to middle stages:

  • Challenge completing daily tasks such as dressing, using the bathroom or making meals
  • Hallucinating
  • Paranoia and anger
  • Wandering off

Later Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms

Later stages of Alzheimer’s require constant care. Here are the late stage symptoms to be prepared for:

  • Can’t communicate with others
  • Can’t recognize others
  • Difficult Swallow reflex
  • Inability to Smile

If you’re noticing these symptoms, it’s time to see a doctor immediately for a complete checkup. There are many other conditions that these symptoms can be related to so it’s important to rule out what is and isn’t going on. A doctor can help to ease some of the symptoms so it’s important to do what can be done as soon as possible for the patient.

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