Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, affects as many as 5 million people in the U.S. This week — which includes World Alzheimer’s Day on Sept. 21 — may be as good a time as any to take a minute and look at Alzheimer’s warning signs.
It’s typically a disease of older adults, but it can strike younger people too.
While Alzheimer’s isn’t curable, medical experts say an early diagnosis is important because it can help manage the condition and keep some early symptoms under control. And it can give both the patient and family members more time to plan for the future.
Here are the 10 warning signs of the disease, described by the Alzheimer’s Association:
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks.
4. Confusion with time or place.
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
8. Decreased or poor judgment.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
10. Changes in mood and personality.
More information: http://www.alz.org