Alzheimer’s, a fatal degenerative and terminal disease affects millions of people across the globe every year. According to the World Health Organization, more than 18 million people suffer from this condition worldwide.
The only way to overcome this is by identifying the warning signs and taking adequate preventive measures.
It is quite normal to misplace one’s socks occasionally or forget about some important appointment once in a while. But, if this has become a regular habit, you need to think about your situation more deeply.
A person with the disease also frequently forgets things learnt recently and may ask the same information over and over again.
Difficulty in decision making
Another typical characteristic of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is frequent changes in judgment or difficulty in decision-making.
Mood and personality changes
People with Alzheimer’s also experience rapid mood changes to the extent that they may suddenly get depressed or angry for no apparent reason.
Their personality also changes dramatically, much to the distress of their near ones. Such individuals may become extremely confused or even suspicious
Withdrawal from active social life
As the disease progresses gradually, the effected person tends to withdraw from his or her routine activities and social life, probably due to frustration and embarrassment.
Difficulty in remembering minor activities, names and dates makes it hard to complete a favorite task or activity.
Problem with speech and language
Every one faces some kind of speech difficulties once in a while but a patient of Alzheimer’s may forget simple words frequently.
They have difficulties in joining or following a conversation and often their sentences become difficult to comprehend. Also, they may stop abruptly in between a conversation without having any clear idea on how to continue.
Very often, Alzheimer’s cases are seen associated with vision problems. Some of the common vision problems occurring in these patients include difficulty in distinguishing color, identifying depth in three dimensional objects and motion blindness.
Difficulty in concentrating
Concentrating difficulties may sometimes occur due to inattention, anxiety or lack of sleep.
But, a person with Alzheimer’s disease may have trouble in completing tasks that they have been doing their entire lives. Such individuals often find it hard to complete regular chores like paying bills or cooking a meal.
Originally Published In The Times Of India.