8 early signs of Alzheimer’s disease you should not ignore

Updated on:21 September 2023, 13:35pm IST

Alzheimer's disease is a brain disorder that affects your memory and leads to confusion. If left undetected, it can lead to one's mental abilities like learning, reasoning, problem-solving, decision-making, and attention. Know the early signs of Alzheimer's disease to avoid its progression.


Memory loss: Have you been forgetting things lately? If you have been forgetting things or struggling to retain new information, you could be at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. Forgetfulness that disrupts daily life is an early sign of Alzheimer's disease. So, don't let it slip casually the next time you forget learned information, important dates, or events. Image courtesy: Adobe stock


Difficulty with familiar tasks: Has it become difficult for you to follow your daily routine or forget that you need to prepare a deal or do a certain task? You should get yourself checked if you have been struggling to do daily tasks such as cooking, managing finances, etc. Image courtesy: Adobe stock


Confusion about time and place: Losing track of time, dates, and seasons are all signs that you might be at risk of developing Alzheimer's. Some people may not even remember where they are or how they got there - these are more serious signs of the disease. Image courtesy: Adobe stock


Misplacing items: Do you forget where you are putting your things? Are you putting them in places where they shouldn't be? Well, putting things in unusual places and being unable to retrace where you kept them is also a sign of Alzheimer's disease. Image courtesy: Adobe stock


Mood swings: Changes in mood or personality are another sign of Alzheimer's disease. Exhibiting mood swings, becoming confused, suspicious, anxious, or easily upset, are some of the mood swings you may experience. Your routines may get disrupted. Image courtesy: Adobe stock


Poor judgment: Whether it is regarding money or personal hygiene, if you've been having difficulties making decisions, you need to consult a doctor. While this is an early symptom of Alzheimer's disease, it could be a sign of other diseases as well. Make sure you talk to a doctor as well. Image courtesy: Adobe stock


Language problems: Do you find it difficult to repeat yourself? Do you find it hard to join a conversation? People at risk of Alzheimer's or suffering from the disease are more likely to forget to say the right words, follow or join a conversation, or remember any details. Image courtesy: Freepik


Changes in personality: Have you been behaving in a way that you usually don't? Over time, personalities can shift subtly. A person who has dementia, however, may go through more pronounced personality changes and can turn confused, suspicious, or introverted. Other alterations could be a loss of interest or anxiety. Image courtesy: Adobe stock