As we get older, our bodies will undergo a variety of changes that may necessitate special care or treatment. Dementia in its early stages can only be detected by spotting warning signs in everyday life, as opposed to other health risks, such as high cholesterol, which can be detected with tests during a routine checkup.
There are four things experts say are an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease.
Having Trouble Remembering
Having trouble remembering names, stories, words, or even what you’ve just said could be a sign of Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage.
The Alzheimer’s Association has released a new report stating that mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is the first stage of Alzheimer’s disease (MCI). Researchers have found that even though it affects one in every seven adults over the age of 60, many are unaware they have the disease: According to a recent survey, 81% of MCI patients believe that their symptoms are “normal ageing.” Experts say that despite this, you should be aware of specific signs that Alzheimer’s disease is developing.
Alzheimer’s Association chief science officer Maria Carrillo, PhD, told NPR that “mild cognitive impairment is often confused with normal ageing because it is so subtle.” “Forgetting people’s names, forgetting perhaps that you’ve said something already, forgetting a storey, forgetting words” are common symptoms of MCI, according to her
First to Notice
It’s possible that a spouse or family member will be the first to notice changes in memory.
People with MCI often fail to notice a pattern of behaviour change that is indicative of MCI, according to the experts. Medical professionals often rely on information from close family members or spouses in order to determine if a person is suffering from an illness.
Because they haven’t yet interfered with daily activities, many of these changes go unnoticed, says Pierre Tariot, MD, director of the Arizona-based Banner Alzheimer’s Institute. It’s important to see a doctor if a patient suddenly loses their ability to remember important appointments without the help of a family member or caregiver, he said. This could be a warning sign that warrants further examination.
A doctor’s visit can determine whether or not memory problems are caused by MCI.
When people notice the first signs of cognitive decline, they tend to fear the worst. Some memory-related symptoms may be caused by other health issues or environmental factors, experts say.
“Possibly someone is exhausted. Maybe someone isn’t getting a good night’s rest. It’s possible that someone is under the influence of a drug that causes drowsiness “NPR spoke to Carrillo about this.
You can get answers to your questions about why your child’s behaviour has changed by visiting the doctor, and in some cases, treatment is possible. According to Carrillo, mild cognitive impairment or early Alzheimer’s dementia can be a result of a vitamin B12 deficiency. “Vitamin B12 injections can help with that,” says the doctor.
Other symptoms, unrelated to memory loss, could be a sign of MCI.
Other behavioural changes, such as depression, anxiety, apathy, or irritability and aggression, may also be a sign of MCI, according to the Mayo Clinic. A person’s judgement may be impaired, and they may become more impulsive as a result of the condition. Diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity, lack of exercise, and a lack of mentally or socially stimulating activities can all raise your risk of the disease.
If you have MCI, it doesn’t mean the condition will get worse with time. In the five to ten years following a diagnosis of MCI due to Alzheimer’s disease, 30 to 50 percent of people progress to Alzheimer’s dementia, according to the most recent report from the Alzheimer Association. A new generation of tests that can detect specific biomarkers for Alzheimer’s or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are now being developed, and this new technology is critical to combating the disease.
As NPR quotes Carrillo, “The sooner you start treatment, the better.”