Discussing the early warning signs of Dementia or Alzheimer’s is occasionally sparked by forgetfulness. We’ve all been there…forgotten why you opened the refrigerator door, standing mindlessly gazing at everything stacked inside to spark a memory of what you went in there for originally. We walk away from that situation a little shaken, worried about the implications of forgetting and feeling vulnerable.
Well, rest assured, that is not Dementia or Alzheimer’s, those conditions are much more complicated. If you are worried that your brain is on an alternate path, there are ways to distinguish between age related forgetfulness and real issues. Today we will speak about discovering some of the differences and diagnosing tools.
What is Dementia? This question is answered by the Alzheimer’s Association, “Dementia is a general term for loss of memory, language, problem-solving and other thinking abilities that are severe enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia.”
The Importance of Early Detection
Since early detection matters here is a list in PDF form, of warning signs for Alzheimer’s and other dementias to help identify problems early, published by The Alzheimer’s Association®.
The list states, “Individuals may experience one or more of these signs in different degrees. If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of these signs, please see a doctor to find the cause. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for your future.”
Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
The National Institute on Aging has put together a concise fact sheet discussing the basics and ealy warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia. If you are worried that you or a loved one might be experiencing early signs of either, it is best to refer to this article and follow through with getting a possible diagnosis.
They also state, “Memory problems are typically one of the first signs of cognitive impairment related to Alzheimer’s. Some people with memory problems have a condition called mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
With MCI, people have more memory problems than normal for their age, but their symptoms do not interfere with their everyday lives. Movement difficulties and problems with the sense of smell have also been linked to MCI. Older people with MCI are at greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s, but not all of them do so. Some may even revert to normal cognition.” Promising words of encouragement for those who experience mild cognitive issues.
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, has ongoing studies and clinical trials, observational research, and laboratory research where they combine this research with world-class clinical care in the efforts to help improve the lives of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. They also provide cognitive testing options.
If you feel the need to discuss your concerns with a dementia expert all the 24/7 Hotline 800.272.3900 or go to the Alzheimer’s website where they outline the 10 early signs and symptom’s. You can also contact us at GoldLeaf Home Health, as we can help put you in the right direction for diagnosis or treatment.
For additional resources, tip sheets, and trainings related to the 10 Warning Signs of Dementia and Alzheimer’s, please visit ALZTalks.
In a YouTube video presented by The Alzheimer’s Association they say, “Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias impact memory, thinking and behavior that interfere with daily life. It is not a normal part of aging.
Learn more as we hear from a person living with dementia about the warning signs, and the benefits of early detection and diagnosis. Hear from Association experts about tests used to determine a diagnosis, and learn more about Alzheimer’s Association resources and finding support.”