According to the definition of Alzheimer’s given by the Alzheimer’s Association, it is “a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.” Dementia is the most common symptom of Alzheimer’s and over time it can worsen.
Their current prediction is that by 2050, those over the age of 65 with Alzheimer’s dementia will have reached 12.7 million. Currently, there is no cure for the disease, but early detection can lead to many benefits. The most important part of detection is recognizing the early signs of Alzheimer’s.
Dr. Katy Bray of Alzheimer’s Research UK has noted that the brain is not only responsible for our memory but also for how we feel and what we do. Alzheimer’s is a disease that will attack brain cells in a way destroying who we are.
The most common early symptoms do not just include memory problems, but also a drastic change in mood and behavior. There is also a chance of the person feeling confused or disoriented and being unable to communicate as effectively as they had previously been able to.
TikTok user Kayleigh Ogleby recently also drew attention to the importance of early detection, saying that she wished she had been able to recognize the early signs in her mother. These included forgetting the right words, a change in behavior as she got obsessive about her routines and misspelling some common words.
The most common early signs of Alzheimer’s are:
1. Memory Loss
2. Inability to problem solve effectively
3. Challenges with completing daily tasks one is extremely familiar with
4. Disorientation in regards to Time and Place
5. Inability to comprehend visual images
6. Problems with communication – both verbal and written
7. Misplacing items, or not being able to retrace their steps
8. Change in mood and behavior