10 Warning Signs
Recognizing Alzheimer's symptoms can be difficult. There is an understandable fear of Alzheimer's disease so often the person suffering in the early stages will "hide" as many symptoms as possible.
It is not uncommon for a stressful event to precipitate the onset of visible symptoms, although the disease has been lurking usually for quite some time.
Diagnosing Alzheimer's is best left to a neurologist or a neurophyschiatrist. Have your primary doctor refer you to a specialist.
If you already have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's and are curious about the stages, refer to the
section of this website.
The first step of recognizing Alzheimer's symptoms in someone you love is to understand the difference between true signs of Alzheimer's and simple age related memory loss issues.
Alzheimer's is most often characterized by
short term memory loss.
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Click here for
10 warning signs of Alzheimer's.
Alzheimer's and memory loss can be overwhelming for a caregiver. It is difficult to watch someone you love struggle with everyday tasks.
Take your time. Relax if you can. And research and become familiar with everything about the disease process.
If you are having problems managing some of the behaviors associated with Alzheimer's, please review the
signs of Alzheimer's
article for helpful tips.
Coping with loss of short term memory
can be difficult for care givers. Try reviewing the article for some effective and cost effective tips.
Another symptom that can be very frightening for all involved is
Do not try to "re-orient" a confused person suffering from Alzheimer's. It is best to let them be where they are in time. It is your job, difficult as it is, to support them. Re-orientation will only lead to more confusion and possibly anger and agitation as well.
For example, if you wake up one day and your mom believes you are her college roommate .... go along with it. Especially in the advancing stages.
But be prepared also for moments of clarity, when she tells you that you are being foolish and stupid to pretend to be her college roommate.
Laugh and go along with it. Trust me ... it will happen.
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