While the occasional memory loss occurs for most people regardless of age, frequent memory loss is not a normal part of the aging process and could signal dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Some of the early warning signs to look out for may surprise you, and while occasionally suffering from one or two of the signs is probably nothing to worry about, if you or a loved one suffers from a few of these symptoms more frequently then you may need to see a doctor, according to alzheimers.net and WebMD.
Memory loss: Forgetting important events, asking over and over for the same information, having to rely on memory aid such as calendars and reminder notes more often, forgetting people’s names or events.
Trouble conversing: Difficulty finding the right words to say, losing the thread of the conversation, using the wrong words or names for things and people.
Trouble with problem solving and planning: Difficulty concentrating on detailed tasks or following simple instructions, doing simple arithmetic such as balancing a checkbook, or planning your diary.
Misplacing items: Suddenly putting things in strange places, like the keys in the fridge or a cellphone in the microwave. Inability to track down things when they are in their usual place and accusing others of stealing your items.
Difficulty completing simple tasks: Struggling to cook a simple meal, drive to a well-known destination, play a favorite card game or complete an everyday work task.
Poor judgement: Doing things completely out of character and potentially placing yourself in danger. Giving money to strangers, forgetting to wash, wearing inappropriate clothing and eating strange combinations of foods.
Confused by time and places: Getting lost in familiar places, not remembering where you are or where you live, having no concept of time.
Social withdrawal: Not visiting friends and family, not keeping up with hobbies and favorite pastimes, not completing assignments at work, and avoiding talking to people.
Vision problems: Many Alzheimer’s patients experience vision problems such as blurred vision, an inability to judge distances, trouble reading and distinguishing colors.
Mood changes: Depression and anxiety are often linked with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, but other mood changes such as irritability, frustration, and being overly suspicious of people can also occur.
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