Some memory loss is considered a normal sign of aging (learn more about that here). But memory loss that’s severe enough to affect daily life could be an early indication of Alzheimer’s. How can we tell what’s normal and what’s not? A little forgetfulness may not be cause for alarm, but if your loved one is asking the same questions repeatedly, forgetting key dates or events, or spacing on recently learned information, it could be time to schedule an appointment with a doctor.
Other signs to watch out for are confusion, dizziness or trouble following conversations. Is your loved one getting lost more than usual? Have you noticed that they have difficulty judging distance while driving? Does it seem like they've been misplacing things a lot lately? To learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's, see this great fact-sheet about early detection from the Alzheimer’s Association.
For now, Alzheimer’s disease has no cure. However, scientists are making breakthrough advances in developing treatment for the illness (read more about that here). So why is it important to detect Alzheimer’s in its early stages? Knowing your diagnosis sooner will help provide you with a better understanding of the disease and of what to expect. Those who receive an early diagnosis will have better access to medical treatment and support services. Most importantly, detecting the disease early on will help you and your family prepare, to ensure you will have the best medical, financial and legal resources heading into the future.