People with Alzheimer’s Dementia (AD) can experience both mental and physical symptoms. Your family members or friends might notice your symptoms before you do. Seeing a doctor and getting treatment while your symptoms are still in the early stages can help improve your long-term quality of life.
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia where brain cells die. The condition affects memory, thinking, and behavior. AD is more common in people over the age of 65, but some people have early onset AD and show symptoms as early as their 40s or 50s.
This is a progressive disease that worsens over time. It’s the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. However, people with the condition can live an average of four to 20 years.
Recognizing early symptoms of AD and intervening early helps prolong and improve quality of life.
Top 10 Alzheimer's Dementia Warning Signs
Misplacing objects and being unable to retrace steps
Memory loss that affects everyday life (unable to budget, drive to a location, etc.)
Difficulty planning or problem solving
Taking longer to accomplish normal daily tasks
Difficulty following a conversation
Having trouble determining distance and distinguishing colors
Poor judgement leading to bad decisions
Withdrawal from social activities
Mood and personality changes with increased anxiety
Early symptoms of AD
Early symptoms of AD can be mild and subtle — so subtle that you may not notice a change in your thinking or behavior. In the early stage of the disease, you’ll likely have trouble remembering new information. This is because the disease often begins to impact areas of the brain responsible for learning new information. You may repeat questions over and over, forget conversations or important appointments, or misplace objects such as your car keys.
Occasional memory loss can be a normal part of aging, so forgetfulness isn’t necessarily a sign of AD. However, you should speak with your doctor if the problem worsens.