Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that affects the memory, thinking and behavior of the person who suffers it progressively.
Dementia is the loss of one or more brain functions, caused by some disease.
It is not known for sure, what causes this disease, it could only be verified that it derives from some changes in brain functions. Alzheimer’s progresses silently but regularly. About 70% of cases of dementia are due to Alzheimer’s. In U.S.A. A figure of 5.4 million patients diagnosed with this problem is estimated, estimating that the figure will rise to 16 million by 2030. Next we tell you the symptoms of Alzheimer’s in its first stage.
Alzheimer’s symptoms in its first stage
1. Sudden memory problems.
This is one of the first signs of Alzheimer’s, during its early stage. It consists of forgetting important information (such as dates, events, addresses, names) recently learned.
To help combat this, the person often uses various notes, electronic devices, calendars or any tool that helps memory.
2. Disadvantages when solving problems or to do some planning.
In this case, it is necessary to pay special attention to how you interpret the numbers. People with Alzheimer’s cannot abstract the amounts correctly and find it very difficult to keep accounts, pay bills, follow a recipe. Problems become more visible whenever you have to solve a plan that involves numbers.
3. Difficulties to perform daily tasks that are part of the routine.
This happens in a slightly more advanced state of the disease. The person begins to have problems finishing some activities he has routinely done for a long time. It can be some work task, go to a specific place, play something you played a lifetime, prepare a traditional recipe, etc.
4. Loss of notion in terms of time and place.
This also happens in a second stage. As the disease progresses, the patient undergoes a deep disorientation as to the time, date on which he is, place and season of the year.
This symptom represents a double threat to both the patient and his family, since, on the one hand, he may feel fear, depression or nervousness when he feels lost and disoriented. There may be some violent starts because of not being able to handle the situation. On the other, the patient may get lost and not know how he got to where he is or how to get back to where he was.
5. Find no motivation in the activities that were always of your choice.
Emotions and mental gaps can cause disinterest and lack of motivation to carry out those activities that always fascinated the patient, or those that he fully enjoyed such as going for a walk, playing sports, meeting friends, a hobby, etc.
Isolation and refusal to share moments with others can be a symptom of an Alzheimer’s patient who needs care and attention.
6. Forget where everything goes.
Changing the place or forgetting the right place where the usual things are stored is very frequent in the first stage and an early warning for family members. You can store the phone in the refrigerator, iron in the oven or not know where common things are stored such as a bottle of water.
If a family member has these symptoms, it is time to be treated on time, as they are the principles of Alzheimer’s.