Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s don’t manifest suddenly. Before the disease becomes apparent, there are multiple early warning signs that become noticeable. People often associate Alzheimer’s with confusion and forgetfulness and overlook other signs that aren’t that obvious. Mainly a change in the behavior could be a major sign of brain disease.
A loved one who used to be easygoing and carefree might’ve started getting agitated easily. This could either be a sign of an underlying Alzheimer’s or a vitamin deficiency. However, it shouldn’t be ignored and a physician should be consulted in such cases.
Here are a few more red flags that should be addressed immediately to determine if it’s a warning sign of Alzheimer’s.
One of the major signs that might be indicative of a progressive brain disorder is self-isolation. You might notice a loved one becoming withdrawn and avoiding social activities, hobbies, or family gatherings. It might be because they’re having trouble keeping the names and faces of people straight and feel embarrassed about it. Staying at home and not interacting might feel easier and safer for them.
Everyone forgets something now and then. How many times have you left the keys in the ignition or forgot to close a window? However, if the forgetfulness starts to impact daily life and cause serious issues it might be time to consult an expert. Observe your loved ones and keep track of how much they’re forgetting and how often that happens. This information can be invaluable in diagnosing the cause of memory loss.
An apparent decline in hygiene could also be a sign of a person struggling from Alzheimer’s. If you notice a change in the appearance of a loved who used to be neat and tidy before you should definitely consider they might be having a problem. If they seem to be avoiding showers and baths it could definitely be Alzheimer’s. People with Alzheimer’s often develop a fear of water.
In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, adults might experience certain moments of confusion and paranoia. They might become extremely suspicious of their loved ones and even accuse someone of stealing from them. These episodes can be devastating for the people who are closest to them. A proper medical assessment should be done to determine the cause.
There are many causes behind drastic personality changes such as depression, anxiety, or stress. However, aggression, mood swings, and agitation are some common early warning signs of neurodegenerative disease. These changes need to be addressed in time to diagnose your loved one and get them the help they need.
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