Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease. The processes that cause it begin well before symptoms become obvious. It’s important to be able to recognize early signs as they can lead to early detection. Early detection can lead to intervention that slows the progress of the disease. Here are some potential early signs of Alzheimer’s.
• Disruptive memory loss: This is memory loss that goes beyond temporarily forgetting something but then remembering it later. This type of memory loss is where the memory is not recovered by the brain on its own. It also affects recent memories more than older ones.
• Misplacing things: People with Alzheimer’s can place things in unusual places. This is more than just placing your car keys on the wrong counter. This is where things are placed in areas that don’t make sense. This is often accompanied by losing the ability to retrace steps to find lost items.
• Confusion about time and place: Alzheimer’s can cause people to lose their sense of time. This can manifest itself in not remembering the order in which events happened and not being able to remember how they got to a location.
These changes are subtle but disruptive. “Disruptive” is the word to remember when trying to determine if something is a potential sign of Alzheimer’s or is just regular aging. Minor inconveniences with memory followed by recovering them is more than likely not a sign of Alzheimer’s. Long-term memory lapses followed by confusion is more apt to be a sign.