I think we all know it is difficult to recognise people with Alzheimer’s. Especially when it comes to someone at an early stage of the disease. Often this happens because the first symptoms and signs are dismissed, like “they are just ailments that affect everyone who gets older”.
An important thing to know is that dementia does not affect everyone who gets older. Some 80-and 90-year-olds are still very ‘aware’, but unfortunately, not everyone is that lucky and already suffer from the first symptoms of the disease before their 60th birthday. What kind of symptoms and signs are these and what exactly should you pay attention to?
1. Having difficulty remembering things.
Memory loss is one of the first and best known symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease. In the early stages, someone often forgets what he or she has been doing in the past week, important dates and events and people he or she has recently met. As the disease progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to remember things. It is indeed true that the older one becomes, the more one ‘forgets’ and can remember at a later time. This is what makes the difference between Alzheimer and old age. As for Alzheimer’s, you have permanently lost the information and as for old age, you just need a brief moment to remember.
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