Five Early Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Posted on January 2, 2020 Researchers confirm Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, accounting for approximately 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. People living with this irreversible disorder experience memory loss, confusion and, eventually, the inability to carry out simple daily tasks. Fortunately, there are early indicators that can help us gain the support services we need to tackle this progressive disease. Below are five early warning signs of Alzheimer’s. Memory Loss People in the initial stages of dementia experience trouble with short-term memory. They may forget something you just recently had a conversation about or repeatedly ask questions that you’ve already provided answers to. Trouble Organizing Some people living with dementia may experience challenges in their ability to organize or develop a plan. You might notice them having difficulty keeping track of their monthly expenses or trouble concentrating on a step by step recipe for chocolate chip cookies. Routine Difficulty People starting to develop Alzheimer’s often find it hard to follow an everyday routine. Sometimes it involves trouble remembering how to drive to the grocery store. Other times it’s forgetting to walk the dog each morning. Mix-up with Time Sometimes we forget the day of the week – it’s true! But people with early-onset dementia lose track of seasons and the passage of time. They may get confused as to whether it’s nightfall or think that we are living in an earlier decade. Changes in Personality A person with Alzheimer’s may become unusually moody at random, irrational times. They may get upset about little things that never use to bother them before or, instead, show less emotion than usual. If you or someone you love notice any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment with your primary doctor. Early detection can lead to a variety of medical, emotional and monetary benefits that would otherwise be unknown if left undiagnosed. In addition, Lutheran SeniorLife offers a variety of services to assist with memory support. Please contact us to see how we can help you find the best care.