Recognizing possible Alzheimer’s symptoms is not always easy. Most of us know that Alzheimer’s disease is about forgetting, forgetting how to do daily tasks; forgetting something that just happened; forgetting family members and friends.
Surprisingly the first symptoms that you may observe can have nothing to do with forgetting and everything to do with how well your family member can manage their own life.
Alzheimer’s symptoms, at least at first, are easy to overlook or explain away. That’s part of what makes it so tricky to get help in the early stages. Many times we might attribute the changes we see in our family member to their age or stress. The early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease can look like the stereotypes we have about getting older.
Keep in mind that other conditions like depression can look like early Alzheimer's symptoms. Every system in our body changes as we age.
By becoming familiar with the common changes that an aging person experiences, we can know when to seek help.
Use this information as a guide and encourage your family member to discuss any potential symptoms with their doctor.
Possible early Alzheimer’s symptoms to watch for:
Many families of Alzheimer’s patients retroactively recognize the early warning Alzheimer’s symptoms. The best attitude for detecting any kind of change in your own or a family member’s health is to be curious about changes in mood, behavior and abilities and get changes checked out.
Learn what normal aging looks like and break the habit of attributing all the changes you see to the aging process