Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disease characterized by loss of memory, reasoning abilities and personality changes. In addition to being a leading public health problem, this disorder is the most common form of dementia (chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease)
Today, estimated number of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other forms of dementia is 25 million worldwide. Since the incidence of AD and other dementia increases significantly with age, it is expected that this number will continue to grow.
Alzheimer’s symptoms occur gradually over a period of several years, and they vary from person to person.
10 Warning Signs Of Alzheimer’s
Memory Loss: It develops gradually, and most common is to forget events that occurred recently.
Difficulties in performing daily activities: Example, personal hygiene, difficulties in getting around in places like your home, shop etc, frequent loosing of small items like keys, glasses etc.
Difficulty in speaking, reading and writing: Forgetting words in everyday speech, replacement of the same words some similar words, speech is incomprehensible etc.
Loss of spatial and temporal orientation: For example, people can’t remember what month, day or year it is.
Incorrect assessments and decisions: People do not distinguish the value of money, or inappropriate dressing in relation to weather season for example.
Disruption of abstract thinking: Inability to complete a form for example, or misunderstanding of some things like ‘birthday’, ‘love’, ‘justice’, ‘law’ etc.
Frequently losing things: Put things in unusual places for example and often seeking them or other things in pockets.
Changes in mood and behavior: Behavior modification in the sense of restlessness, nervousness, anger with the sudden change in the excessive calmness and indifference to the event around, gratuitous sadness and crying with the amendment of good cheer and laughter.
Personality change: Example, excessive skepticism, blaming the environment for stealing money, stealing things, fear of the presence of other people etc.
Loss of concentration and interest in social activities: Complete lack of interest for social activities, feeling abandoned and isolated.