Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes problems with memory, thinking and character. (To read more about mental illness, click here ) It is also irreversible and progressive, meaning that it slowly destroys memory over time, thinking skills and ability to carry out the simplest tasks.
This disease is the most common cause of dementia in the elderly, causing loss of cognitive functioning (thinking, remembering, reasoning) to such an extent that it interferes with a person’s life and daily activities.
The Alzheimer’s Society International has created a list of warning signs of the disease where abnormal behaviors can be identified in a person that can trigger the disease’s alarm. They are:
- Difficulty in planning or solving problems. Some people have changes in their reasoning ability or working with numbers. They may also have difficulty following a prescription or handling monthly monetary accounts. They cannot concentrate and it takes them longer to carry out work they used to do in a shorter time.
- Memory changes that make everyday life difficult. One of the most common signs of illness, is to easily forget newly learned information. In addition, important dates can be forgotten and can ask for the same information several times. Also, help from devices and family to do activities he used to do alone is required.
- Disorientation of time or place. Many times they have difficulty knowing if something is happening at that moment. They can also forget where they are and how they got there.
- Speech and writing issues. People with this disease may have trouble participating or following a conversation, because they do not know how to follow and repeat what they say many times. They also call things by an incorrect name.
- Loss of initiative. They begin to lose initiative to exercise, hobbies, social activities and projects in general. They may have difficulty understanding social facts.
- Disorder with posetions and lack of ability to backtrack his steps. A person with Alzheimer’s usually places things outside the place where they belong. They may also have difficulty finding them and often blames others for stealing. This becomes frequent with time.
If you know someone who is suffering from this or any other illness, please consult your trusted doctor.