Ways to Detect Alzheimer's Disease

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Feb 20, 2018
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  • Alzheimer's disease is a type of irreversible brain illness which causes dementia
  • People with AD have memory loss, loss of the ability to solve problems, and behavioural problems
  • AD cannot be cured but treatment can help alleviate many of the symptoms

If you or any of your loved ones have memory lapses, it could be an early sign of Alzheimer's disease (AD). AD is a type of irreversible brain illness which causes dementia. People with AD have memory loss, loss of the ability to solve problems, personality changes and behavioural problems which can become severe enough as the disease progresses to interfere with normal activities and relationships. If you are concerned about your memory lapses or increased forgetfulness consult a doctor. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve prognosis.



Some common signs and symptoms which can indicate or help detect Alzheimer’s disease at an early stage are:

  • Frequent loss of memory in particular recent conversations, appointments or events (the person may not even remember them later)
  • Difficulty in concentrating, shortened attention span
  • Often misplacing personal belongings and keeping things in illogical locations
  • Difficulty in doing everyday activities that need sequential steps - like operating the washing machine, making  or grinding or cooking a meal
  • Change in behaviour and mood -feeling depressed and apathetic, irritability, aggression, and may have mood swings
  • Difficulty in expressing and understanding language (even simple language or common terms in daily conversation) or Repeating a statement or question  again and again

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These are some signs and symptoms of early Alzheimer’s disease. In case you suspect yourself or any of your loved one having these symptoms suggesting AD, consult a doctor. Your doctor will take a detailed history and do a physical exam. During an examination, your doctor will try to find out if a hearing or vision problem is causing the symptoms.A functional status examination and a mental health assessment may also be done.

These tests check a person’s ability to perform simple and sequential tasks and orientation of time (day, month etc.) and space (a place where you are). There are no tests that can help screen Alzheimer's disease or detect AD at an early stage. Alzheimer's disease cannot be cured but treatment can help alleviate many of the symptoms and may delay progression of the disease.

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