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Perhaps you’ve noticed a loved one’s memory declining, or their judgement questionable in situations where they have always been competent. Maybe you’ve observed loss of focus and reasoning skills in yourself. You don’t want to ignore these things just in case they are symptoms of something bigger.
The Alzheimer’s Association (AA) has helped us come up with ten key symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease to watch for. The AA is the leading health charity for the support, care and research of Alzheimer’s disease. They work to reduce the risk of dementia by promoting brain health. Making an Alzheimer’s car donation can help provide enhanced care for someone affected with Alzheimer’s.
Ten Warning Signs of Dementia
1. Memory Loss That Affects Daily Life
In the early stages, one of a most common sign of Alzheimer’s is not remembering information recently learned. Asking for information again and again and forgetting important event and dates are examples of this.
An age-related change might be: When appointments and names may be forgotten but then remembered later.
2. Difficulty in Solving Problems or Planning
Following a familiar recipe or keeping track of common finances might be more challenging to some people. Working with numbers and concentration becomes harder making tasks take much longer than before.
An age-related change might be: Making random mistakes when balancing your checkbook.
3. Challenges in Completing Common Tasks
An individual with alzheimer’s will frequently find it harder to finish daily tasks. Maybe it’s driving to the bank, recalling the rules to a favorite game, or budget managing.
An age-related change might be: Sometimes needing help with a confusing remote control, or settings on a microwave.
Losing track of the passage of time, seasons and dates is another symptom of alzheimer’s. A person may have a hard time understanding something if it isn’t happening right then. Often they forget where they are or how they arrived there.
An age-related change might be: Being confused about the date of an event but later figuring it out.
5. Vision Difficulties
A person with symptoms of alzheimer’s may have trouble understanding spatial relationships and visual images. Reading might be difficult. Determining correct distance and color might be off. This can cause issues with driving.
An age-related change might be: Changing vision that is because of cataracts.
6. Writing and Speaking Difficulties
Finding it hard to join or follow a conversation is another sign of alzheimer’s. Stopping in mid-conversation and forgetting what was said or repeating themselves may happen. They might struggle with vocabulary or in finding the right word. They might call an item by a different or incorrect name.
An age-related change might be: Occasionally having a difficult time finding the right word.
7. Losing Items
An individual with alzheimer’s disease might set items in different places. They may misplace something and be unable to retrace their steps to find it again. At times they might accuse someone of stealing. This symptom occurs more often over time.
An age-related change might be: Losing items once in a while and retracing your steps to find them again.
8. Poor Judgment
Experiencing changes in decision-making or judgement is another symptom of alzheimer’s. For instance, they might dress differently, not pay attention to grooming, or give large amounts of money to a marketer.
An age-related change might be: Once every so often making a bad decision.
9. Social Withdrawal
Removing themselves from social activities, projects, hobbies or sports is another symptom to watch for. It may feel too difficult for them to keep up with things. All the changes they are experience may make them feel like avoiding social situations.
An age-related change might be: Occasionally feeling tired of social situations, family or work.
10. Personality and Mood Changes
Their personality or moods can shift. Becoming depressed, fearful, confused, anxious or suspicious is common. If they feel outside of their comfort zone at home, work or with friends, they may get upset more easily.
An age-related change might be: Being less flexible when your specific routine is disrupted.
If you have observed any of these ten warning signs in a loved one or in yourself (that are not simply age-related changes), please do not ignore them. Visit your doctor to discuss them. Early detection matters. Treatments for symptoms can be explored to help you have a longer time of independence as well as being apart of advance research.
Support the research and treatment of this brain disorder when you donate a car for Alzheimer’s disease with Donate-a-Car. Call us today or visit our easy online form to get started. There is no cost to you and your old vehicle can help prevent, treat and cure Alzheimer’s.