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Early Alzheimer's Warning Signs

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive condition for which there is no cure. However, an increasing number of treatments are available that slow the progress of the disease for some patients, allowing them to stay healthy for longer. Because these treatments are often most effective in the early stages of the disease, knowing the signs of Alzheimer’s is more important than ever. If you or someone you love experiences any of these symptoms, consider seeing your doctor, or in the case of severe symptoms, seek emergency care.

Memory Loss

Memory loss is the most familiar symptom of Alzheimer’s disease. Sometimes forgetting someone’s name or missing an appointment does not necessarily indicate Alzheimer’s disease. In people with Alzheimer’s, memory loss is severe enough to interfere with daily life on a regular basis. Loss of short-term memory is especially common in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Someone with the condition may have to ask to be reminded of new information or may need to rely on notes or other memory aids to get through the day.

Time and Place Confusion

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s, it common for sufferers to struggle to distinguish between seasons, remember important dates, or remember where they are. They have difficulty making future plans or understanding when something is not happening immediately. This is different than forgetting what day of the week it is and then figuring it out, which is something that happens to most people occasionally.

Change in Judgment

People with Alzheimer’s disease may begin to behave differently. For instance, someone who was always frugal may develop financial problems caused by overspending, or someone who has always been fastidious about his or her appearance may suddenly develop poor hygiene habits. Persistent changes in judgment or behavior, rather than isolated out-of-character instances, may be indicative of a problem.

If you are concerned about memory changes in yourself or someone you love, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is here to help with the diagnostic imaging and neurological services necessary to diagnose and manage dementias like Alzheimer’s. Call (305) 682-7000 to request a referral to one of our emergency care physicians and ask about our services, including heart care, stroke care, and emergency care in Miami.