Get to know some of the clinical symptoms of the disease.
The earliest signs or clinical symptoms of Alzheimer’s are related to changes in sensory perception, orientation, thinking and behavior that interfere with the ability to function independently in daily life. The most common changes according to the Alzheimer’s Association include:
- Memory loss that disrupts daily life. While some loss of memory with respect to names and lists are normal with aging, loss of memory with respect to daily activities, familiar people and commonly used items may indicate more progressive neurodegeneration.
- Problems with numbers and calendar planning. Missing appointments, the onset of trouble calculating and paying bills may also be concerning.
- Difficulty completing familiar tasks. This is clearly different from reduced ability to master new tasks.
- Confusion with time and/or place.
- Trouble interpreting visual cues and spatial relationships. This may be observed as problems reading or driving. Ability to judge distance, color or pattern recognition.
- Problems with understanding and recalling words in speaking and writing. This is particularly noticeable in people who were previously good with words and vocabulary.
- Misplacing familiar items and trouble remembering and retracing steps.
- Loss of judgment in relationships, money and grooming. Money may be given to strangers, familiar family members may not be properly recognized and previously well-groomed individuals may lose ability to maintain personal care.
- Social withdrawal.
- Mood and personality changes. Individuals may become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious
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