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Early Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

A silhouette of the human head made of gears that is slowly dismantling, representing how a person with Alzheimer's loses cognitive function.

We all have the occasional memory lapse, where we can’t remember a name or we misplace our keys. Many of these incidents can be attributed to stress, mental overload or the simple act of getting older. But are these minor events signs of a bigger problem to come?

Worry over age-related diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s are common and fortunately, most are misguided. However, there are some early indications that could warn you a more serious condition is on the horizon.

Cognitive Function

Alzheimer’s is characterized by a loss of cognitive function, from memory issues to difficulty communicating. Early concerns might include:

  • Short term memory loss that disrupts daily life
  • Difficulty following directions or solving problems
  • Problems completing familiar tasks at home or work
  • Confusion with places and times

Judgment and Decision Making

We all make poor decisions from time to time. People developing Alzheimer’s may use poor judgment consistently, from trusting the wrong people to giving money away. You might also notice a lack of interest in personal hygiene and bathing.

Behavior or Personality Changes

Perhaps the mother, father or sibling you have always known begins to act quite differently as the early onset of Alzheimer’s begins. Some of the changes you might notice include:

  • Changes in mood that might include becoming fearful or depressed
  • Increased agitation, particularly when they are out of their comfort zone
  • Withdrawal from family, friends and social events
  • Loss of interest in hobbies or activities

Contact Somerset Woods for Help

If you notice any of these issues with yourself or someone close to you, seek a medical assessment as soon as possible. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease at this time, early detection can mean more effective management of the disease.

Somerset Woods Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is committed to helping residents and families live their best life. If you are looking for nursing homes near Somerset, NJ, contact our office today.

 

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