deep in a conversation with a friend and suddenly you can’t
remember an acquaintance’s name.
see her face. That name is almost, almost there. But not
you laugh, call it "a senior moment" and move on.
Five minutes later, that person’s name comes to you. You
might overlook it, but then you might wonder, "Am I
losing my memory? Should I be concerned?"
not. We all have memory lapses every now and then, and with
information overload on a daily basis, it’s no wonder. But
there are some signs of Alzheimer’s disease to look for as
we get older.
Alzheimer’s Association offers these 10 early signs and
symptoms you might want to consider if an aging friend or
loved one’s behavior has changed recently. They could signal
Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
individual may experience one or more of these signs in a
different degree. If you notice any of them, please see a
doctor," alz.org says.
loss that disrupts daily life
forgetting that name, and then there’s forgetting something
you just learned or asking the same questions repeatedly. New,
extreme reliance on memory prompts, such as lists, is another
planning or solving problems
member might have trouble following a recipe that has been a
kitchen staple for 30 years or keeping track of monthly bills.
completing familiar tasks
includes losing your way to the church you attend regularly or
to a friend’s house, or forgetting the rules of SEC football
when you’ve been a fan since your college days.
addition to forgetting where they are or how they got there,
those possibly suffering from Alzheimer’s might forget what
month or season of the year it is.
with spatial relationships
affect driving or walking. It includes trouble judging
distance, color and contrast.
speaking or writing difficulties
example is being in the middle of a conversation with friends
and suddenly be unable to continue in the conversation,
perhaps unable to continue a thought or to keep up with what
others are saying. The person may struggle with once-familiar
words or call things the wrong name.
items, difficulty backtracking
misplace things, but a person with early onset of Alzheimer’s
might put them in unusual locations (car keys in the freezer,
for example). Once the item is misplaced, the person has
difficulty retracing steps to locate it. The person might
accuse others of stealing, and this problem can increase over
scary incidents include giving large sums of money to
strangers, but more subtle signs include a marked decrease in
grooming or keeping themselves clean.
includes withdrawing from clubs, sports or social gatherings
that once brought enjoyment. The person might have trouble
following the rules of the sport, or because they can tell
something is amiss, they want to avoid others so the problems
are less likely to be detected.
someone close to you who is aging suddenly become confused,
suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious? Is that person
touchy if serious lapses are noted? Is he or she easily upset
at home or somewhere out of the comfort zone?
Alzheimer’s Association advises scheduling an appointment
with a doctor if these signs are apparent. The sooner they are
addressed, the sooner help will be available.