Do You Know These 10 Early Signs Of Alzheimer’s?
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
More than 5 million Americans are afflicted with Alzheimer’s, which is the most common form of dementia. Not to mention the impact that it has on families and friends, who see their loved one slowly slipping away from the person they once were.
Can I just say it already?
It’s a nasty disease in which a person’s nerve cells in his/her brain die and are therefore not able to function normally. It can leave an eloquent person struggling to remember common words or even a close relative’s name.
I’ve had the experience of interacting with and working as a caregiver for a 67 year old gentleman who was diagnosed 2 years ago. When he was still working, he was a top defense attorney and a highly successful man. He is an absolute joy to be around most of the time… but watching him struggle to try to figure out how to open the door has exposed me to the reality of what this disease means for the person and his loved ones.
I wanted to learn more, so I went on an educational, information gathering mission, which I now want to share with you (and then I hope that you pass it along to others as well).
What Is Alzheimer’s?
- A type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior
- Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time
- It is NOT a normal part of aging
- Currently has no cure, which makes prevention and early detection, diagnosis and intervention VITAL
- The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that currently:
- Half a million people in their 40’s and 50’s have early-onset Alzheimer’s and other dementias
- By 2050 this number is expected to triple
10 Early Signs Of Alzheimer’s (Compiled By The Alzheimer’s Association):
1. Confusion with time or place
2. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
3. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
4. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure
5. New problems with words in speaking or writing
6. Challenges in planning or solving problems
7. Changes in mood and personality
8. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Decreased or poor judgment
Preventative Steps You Can Take:
- Eat well: Limit your intake of sugar and saturated fats. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
- Exercise: Benefits brain cells by increasing blood and oxygen flow to the brain.
- Maintain a healthy heart: High blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s.
- Stay mentally active and social: Having strong social connections and using your brain for various mental activities helps lower your risk of cognitive decline. Your brain is a muscle that needs exercise too!
Alzheimer’s disease is a serious issue in our society and is only getting worse with time. Start making a difference NOW by spreading this information with others – you never know whose lives you could help change.
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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