Apart from memory loss, there are several silent signs that can help you understand if someone you love is developing Alzheimer’s.
Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease is a requirement owing to the grim prognosis and limited treatment options available for the condition. New research involves using medication that decreases the production of amyloid beta, which is a protein that clubs together to damage the brain passages. Experts say that Alzheimer’s patients start to develop these amyloid plaques 10 years before they start showing any obvious symptoms of the disorder. Current Alzheimer’s research revolves around detecting the disorder at an early stage to eliminate the development of the condition altogether. Being aware of these lesser popular symptoms of Alzheimer’s can help you detect and manage the condition in yourself or a loved one.
Notice that a loved one has several bills lying around unpaid, has trouble counting change or balancing a bank statement when they never had these issues before? Many studies show that problems in managing one’s finances are an early red flag for Alzheimer’s. As they get older, these patients lose their ability to manage their everyday financial tasks. Delay in observing the ability to manage money can also quickly drain personal and family wealth and the seriousness of such a situation is often recognized by family and friends way too late.
Alzheimer’s patients often lose track of their everyday roads while driving or walking and will end up lost. If you observe that a close one increasingly seems disoriented while driving along roads they’ve been on several times or have difficulty in finding a familiar destination or surrounding, it may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s. Once the condition develops, they can have these episodes at regular intervals which can be dangerous for their well-being.
Alzheimer’s patients find it difficult to complete everyday tasks that they were able to perform with ease previously. However, observing and analyzing this is crucial because as one ages, needing help with recording a TV show or using the microwave settings is not unusual. Something drastic like not being able to remember the rules of a favorite game can be a subtle sign that Alzheimer’s is on the prowl.
An abrupt change in routine should be a trigger but isn’t a sure prediction of Alzheimer’s. Sometimes an epiphany in one’s life can give them the courage to change routine and live a more spontaneous life. But if the person is not able to execute a routine activity suddenly like preparing a dish that they regularly make, stay on alert.
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