For your doctor to diagnose you with Alzheimer’s, an individual will have experienced a decline in their cognitive and behavior functions.
Signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s vary from person to person and should be monitored by both close family or friends and a medical professional.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please speak with your doctor. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:
- Forgetting common functions, such as daily tasks or where something is placed within their own home.
- Repeating themselves multiple times or forgetting conversations that they have previously had.
- Losing their sense of direction on a route that they have been on many times.
- Reasoning may be impaired. For example, they may have poor decision-making skills or inability to make important decisions for themselves.
- Impaired vision and motor functions, such as slurring words or the inability to recognize certain familiar objects or faces.
- Changes in personality and behavior such as increased aggression, lack of motivation or a drastic change in their character.
Although all these symptoms can be present, Alzheimer’s is most commonly linked to the loss of memory. As time goes on and an individuals Alzheimer’s disease progresses, he or she may experience more server symptoms. If symptoms begin to interfere with daily life, speak with your doctor about treatment to negate these symptoms.
During challenging times, it is possible to find relief with a caregiver. Caregiver’s can provide relief for the individual that has Alzheimer’s as well as their family members. During your time with a caregiver, he or she can help with meal preparation, light housekeeping, companionship, medication reminders and personal care. A caregiver can ensure that the individual with Alzheimer’s is taking their medicine, eating well and taking care of themselves. With the help of a caregiver and medicine, symptoms of Alzheimer’s will no longer run your life.