10 warning signs for Alzheimer’s

by Roberta Lunghini - 2016.08.02
10 warning signs for Alzheimer’s
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There is no way to actually predict whether or not one will get Alzheimer’s, but there are warning signs that should not be ignored. The following 10 signs were published by Villaggio Amico, a multifunctional residence for the elderly near Milan, Italy, to help family members and caregivers of the residents identify these signs. The first seven represent what are referred to as cognitive symptoms:
1. Amnesia
One of the most common symptoms of Alzheimer’s – not to be confused with the normal “forgetting things” that can occurs with normal aging. Or the occasional forgetting of names of familiar people for a minute or two.

2. Being unable to complete simple daily tasks
Daily routines suddenly become difficult and require more effort – like getting dressed or preparing a familiar meal.

3. Language-based difficulties
The names of very familiar objects are difficult to remember and it seems as if the words to express an idea or concept are on the tip of the tongue – but never quite formulate properly.

4. Difficulty reasoning and planning
Very basic, elementary calculations are difficult and linear reasoning does not come easily. Handling money without making mistakes becomes a real chore.

5. Temporal disorientation
Dates, days of the week and even the seasons seem to be confusing.

6. Spatial disorientation
Familiar routes in the neighborhood become complicated and even finding one’s way back home can cause confusion.

7. Difficulty understanding visual images and spatial relationships
Problems with one’s eyesight can be a warning sign of Alzheimer’s disease – especially when there is apparent difficulty reading, judging distance or distinguishing colors and contrasts.

The following warning signs are considered to be non-cognitive:
8. Irritability and delirium
Frequent episodes of being irascible or acting out with people closest to them. Incongruous behaviors that can be delusionary or often persecutory.

9. Anxiety and depression
Frequent episodes of anxiety and feeling blue.

10. Apathy or Abulia (loss of interest in favorite people/activities)

Loss of interest in people who are closest and in activities that were once a source of great pleasure. Social functions and family relationships are avoided or eliminated altogether.

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