Elder law attorneys help clients deal with all the potential problems that arise as we get older. One of the most common problems, and one that will affect one in eight elderly people, is the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. There are several common warning signs that can help you detect Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage. If you or a loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should speak to your doctor as soon as possible.
Warning sign 1: Disruptive Memory Loss
While all of us are prone to forgetting where we placed our keys or when our anniversary is, significant memory loss that disrupt daily life is one early warning signs of potential Alzheimer’s disease. Forgetting recently learned information and repeatedly relying on memory aids is very common in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. These are usually different than, for example, forgetting an appointment or a date but then remembering it later.
Warning Sign 2: Time and Place Confusion
Any of us can forget what day it is or miss an appointment. But for people with Alzheimer’s disease, they often have a much more tenuous grasp on time. Dementia sufferers can forget where they are, how they arrived there, as well as losing track of the seasons or even the passage of time. These are very different than the common age-related memory lapses of forgetting what day it is but remembering it sometime later.