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Alzheimer's Disease Warning Signs
(NOVEMBER 2013) Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia associated with memory loss and loss of brain function. The disease most commonly affects individuals over age 60, but it’s certainly not isolated to the senior population.
Many factors can contribute to developing Alzheimer’s. While family history and genetics are indicators of higher risk, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll develop Alzheimer’s simply because someone else in your family has it.
There are five top warning signs to watch for if you believe a loved one might have Alzheimer’s:
- Forgetting important dates
- Repeatedly asking for the same information
- Needing help with things she would have easily done on her own before
Difficulty with Problem Solving
- Trouble following plans, such as a recipe she used to make with ease
- Concentrating is harder and tasks take more time to finish
Loss of Time and Place
- Difficulty keeping track of time, dates, even years
- Forgetting where she is or how she got there
Decreased Judgment and Decision-Making Skills
- Not fully thinking things out
- Carelessness with tasks she used to be skilled at
- Falling victim of scams
Changes in Mood and Personality
- Personality suddenly changes in new environments
- Can’t control her moods
If you notice these signs, take your loved one to a doctor for an evaluation as soon as possible. Without proper care and supervision, Alzheimer’s sufferers face multiple risks to their physical, mental and even financial health. That’s why it’s so important that they wear medical alert jewelry to provide valuable insight to others who may need to assist them when loved ones aren’t nearby.