We’re all forgetful now and then. We may forget a phone number or an address of a close friend that we haven’t spoken to in a while. It’s possible we may forget to walk the dog or even to change the oil in our car. Yet, these slips of memory are trivial when you have Alzheimer’s Disease. In fact, they may be considered to be pebbles in a sea of confusion. This is because, as a person develops Alzheimer’s Disease, their memories slip away—one by one.
One of the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease is short term memory loss. You may have forgotten where you left your car at the supermarket. You may have difficulty remembering names, dates and places. If you or those around you notice this happening, it should not be glossed over. Instead, it should be looked upon as a red flag. Something is not quite right but you can’t put your finger on it. Have someone journal your events when you forget—and what you forget. This documentation will help you and your doctor determine how fast Alzheimer’s may be progressing.
Another symptom of Alzheimer’s Disease is the impairment of language. This happens when you forget specific words. Let’s say you’re talking to your friend and you’re eating ice cream, except as you hold the ice cream in your hand, you have forgotten what it is called. At this stage of Alzheimer’s, an individual may also have trouble completing common tasks, such as making the bed or carrying on a lengthy conversation. They may also start to lose (or believe they have lost) something, such as car keys. At this point, they may also have trouble organizing or planning such appointments as visiting the doctor. They may also get lost easily if they still drive or get confused when walking.
Next, the individual that suffers from Alzheimer’s may have trouble recalling events. While their daughter or son may have visited them just yesterday, they may be unaware that it was yesterday at all. At this stage of Alzheimer’s disease, they lose their ability to do math within their head. They can’t compute that two multiplied by two is four, for instance, without some assistance. They may also forget personal history, such as main events in their life. They may have forgotten the date of their marriage and when they gave birth to their children. Also, there are mood changes that take place. The individual starts to feel irritated and depressed that they can not overcome this disease; they may feel withdrawn.
Sadly, it is downhill from this point. Memories keep fading day by day. The individual may find it difficult to remember their address, what day it is or even who they are. They may start sleeping during the day and stay awake at night. In addition, they may lose the ability to dress themselves or even lose the ability to recognize those who dearly love them. They may feel lost, disoriented and confused.
At the very worst of Alzheimer’s Disease, people have a tendency to lose verbal skills and their motor skills. At this point, they are dependent on someone else for everything they do—eating, bathing and dressing. They may also have trouble holding their head up without any support, which is why at this point many are in wheelchairs.
There’s no way getting around it. Alzheimer’s Disease is an illness that debilitates the person that has it, but there is hope. A healthy diet and exercise can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. Also, crosswords are the only word puzzle that have been proven to help to prevent it. If this illness is in your family, then it’s important that you’re self-aware. Take steps to prevent it and you won’t have to worry about encountering it. There’s still hope while researchers work endlessly and tirelessly to find a cure.
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