Early signs of Alzheimer’s
Early detection is crucial for both research purposes and to help those living with Alzheimer’s. It is important for scientists to be able to study the early stages of this disease in order to learn more about how the disease starts and, hopefully, how to prevent or treat the disease in its early stages. In those living with Alzheimer’s, early detection gives individuals the opportunity treat and plan their futures accordingly.
According to expert, Wendy Qiu, from Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center, “Diagnosing Alzheimer’s patients is a challenge. Clinically we still depend on symptoms, so that sometimes we can be wrong.” Qiu and her team at BU have already made some promising progressing in finding a more concrete way to diagnose Alzheimer’s. Qiu’s team’s has discovered a potential biological marker for Alzheimer’s that can be picked up in a blood test. Research on this testing procedure is still in its preliminary stages, but has shown promising results thus far.
Early detection relies on individuals, and most importantly, their loved ones to keep an eye out for early signs of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms and consult a physician as soon as possible. Education and public awareness is crucial in catching Alzheimer’s as early as possible, so spread the word!
Look out for these signs of Alzheimer’s:
- Memory Loss: Increased memory loss, both short and long term. One might need frequent reminders for important dates, repeatedly forgetting the same information, frequently lose or misplace things.
- Confusion: Getting easily confused during daily activities or having trouble with simple tasks. One may frequently make obvious mistakes, such as paying the wrong amount of money to a cashier or neglecting to groom themselves.
- Disorientation: Not knowing the time or date, or even where they are or how they got there.
- Visual/Spatial Problems: Problems with vision, depth perception, and determining color are sometimes indicators of Alzheimer’s.
- Mood/Personality Changes: Moods may become sporadic. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s can include frequent feelings of confusion, anxiety, or depression. One might become less social and more removed.