There are small lapses, mood swings or difficulties in everyday life that can alert us to a possible case of Alzheimer’s.
We all associate memory problems with Alzheimer’s, the most common type of dementia in our time.
For this reason, many people go to their doctor alarmed when they notice that their memory is beginning to fail or they are more absent-minded than normal, as perfectly illustrated by actress Julianne Moore in the movie Still Alice, which earned her an Oscar for playing a university professor who begins to fall into this disease. To learn more about the subject and get rid of doubts, here are the main symptoms of Alzheimer’s when it begins to show signs of its presence.
Is it just an oversight or is there something else…? Going to the kitchen to drink water and when you arrive you don’t know what you had gone to, or you don’t remember where you left the keys… These situations may seem normal. Something similar has happened to all of us, more than once. However, we must know how to differentiate when it is an oversight or a simple oversight and when we should worry about our brain or that of our relatives. To differentiate it, keep in mind the main symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
MOST COMMON ALZHEIMER’S SYMPTOMS
- memory loss “Who called the phone?”, “What did we eat?”… Alzheimer’s can begin to manifest from these first memory gaps that involve difficulty remembering recent actions, dates, appointments… The key to detecting whether it is a simple oversight or something more serious is the speed with which the memory leaks are installed. Losing memory in five years at a certain age is normal, but in five months, it is not. And when forgetfulness is accompanied by a permanent decrease in the sense of smell, the chances are high that this deterioration is a cause of dementia, according to a study from Columbia University (USA).
- Frequent repetition of questions. “Can I get you soup?”… “Do you want soup?”… “More soup?”… Despite receiving the answer, someone who begins to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s may repeatedly ask the same thing.
- Putting things in the wrong places. Car keys in the trash, glasses tucked into a slipper… Alzheimer’s involves a mental confusion that translates into a poor organization of everyday objects.
- Loss of sense of orientation. Alzheimer’s leads to disorientation with respect to place or time. where am I?”, even when he is in a place as familiar as her house. For this reason, it is easy for him to get lost on habitual routes such as on the way to the bakery where he buys bread every morning…
- Difficulty performing simple and familiar gestures. Not being able to remember how to start the car or open the door with the key or how to use the oven… These problems with habitual actions are also symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
- Forget the usefulness of things. And what was this for…? The affected person may show difficulty handling very familiar objects such as the computer or cutlery when eating. We all suffer from small oversights, especially when we do not pay enough attention. The problem is whether cognitive impairment is added to forgetfulness, for example not remembering where the comb is, but neither what it is for or what combing is.
- Forget the names of things. “I want the… the… ah! I don’t remember what it’s called.” This may be normal to a certain extent. is accompanied by a loss of ability to understand words or begins to build sentences in a disorderly or illogical way, it can be a symptom of Alzheimer’s and a reason to go to the specialist.
- Lack of interest in hobbies. Loss of interest and motivation for activities that were previously enjoyed, such as stopping reading the newspaper, watching your favorite TV show, playing mus with friends… can betray Alzheimer’s.
- Problems solving common tasks. Alzheimer’s can also lead to difficulty performing easy tasks, such as making mistakes in managing the bank account or finding it difficult to make a check, not being able to make a phone call, make an appointment with the doctor…
- Sudden mood swings. The affected person may suffer outbursts of sadness or anger for no apparent reason and in a sudden way that confuse those who know them, because they were not habitual in their way of acting until Alzheimer’s begins to show its face.