Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
Alzheimer’s disease can be a terrifying illness that takes away the memories of your loved ones and puts them in danger when they are no longer capable of taking care of themselves. An unfortunately irreversible and progressive brain disease, Alzheimer’s affects millions of Americans and their families. Early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can allow you to participate in more treatments and studies, which could potentially slow the progression of the disease and delay cognitive deterioration. Catching the illness early can also allow you to make plans for the future, get your affairs and assets in order, and let your family know which medical decisions you would like to make if it later comes to the point where you cannot make these decisions for yourself. Because of the importance of early intervention, it is equally important to know the early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease so that you can be on the lookout for symptoms within yourself or a family member.
- Repeated memory loss that causes disruption in daily functioning: If you begin to notice that you are forgetting key things, such as times and places, or having issues recalling information to the point that it interferes in your daily life, you may be developing some form of dementia or Alzheimer’s. Memory loss can be symptomatic of a number of other issues, so this may not necessarily be the case. However, if you are experiencing these symptoms and are older than 60, or older than 40 or 50 for early onset symptoms, a doctor should look into your symptoms.
- Problems completing routine tasks: You may find you have trouble driving to familiar places or remembering the steps to a favorite recipe. You may become confused doing normal household tasks or suddenly have issues managing your finances. These and similar difficulties completing routine daily tasks may be symptomatic of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Issues with spoken or written words: Suddenly finding that you cannot think of words to use or cannot follow conversations are all early warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Watch these symptoms and note if they are worsening or causing problems in your daily life. Make an appointment with a qualified professional to determine the cause of these symptoms.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with or suspects having Alzheimer’s disease, planning for the future is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Getting wills, estates, and the medical and legal power of attorney in place can ease future issues that may arise with the progression of the disease and allow you to make these decisions. You want to make decisions while you or your loved one with Alzheimer’s still has the ability to make informed choices. If you have any questions or want to set up an appointment with an experienced Alzheimer’s disease planning attorney at Peck Ritchey, LLC, please contact us at (855) 328-5787 today.