Early-stage Alzheimer’s symptoms – what are they?

In the early stages, the impact on someone’s ability to live an independent life is minimal. It’s unlikely you’ll need to arrange Alzheimer’s care for someone. However, it’s essential to start consulting with your loved one on their care preference for the future.

Alzheimer’s disease warning signs

What are the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease? Here are some early stage Alzheimer’s symptoms to look out for. Getting an early diagnosis is essential to live well with dementia. If you recognise a few of these symptoms and are worried about them, it might be time to see your GP.

  • Forgetting the correct word in a sentence
  • Not being able to remember someone’s name
  • Regularly losing items, such as your keys, or your mobile phone
  • Being unable to remember directions
  • Becoming increasingly disorganised or untidy

What happens in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease?

During the early-stage of Alzheimer’s, it’s very likely the person living with dementia will be able to continue to do many of the things they’re used to doing everyday, such as going work, driving as normal, and keeping up with their usual diary commitments.

However, as the disease progresses, things are likely to get more difficult for them and their wider family members. Memory loss, memory problems and memory lapses will usually become more acute.

Your loved one may lose the ability to engage properly in social activities, you may also see increasingly poor judgment. They may start to lose track of conversations too.

Ultimately, at this stage of the disease, they’re likely to be able to live largely independent lives, but will be more vulnerable than they used to be when left alone.

Even though it’s a progressive disease, catching it early can make a big difference in terms of living well with the condition and planning ahead.


Symptoms of Alzheimer’s at the early-stage

Language skills

Someone with Alzheimer’s may find it difficult to gain an understanding of what someone else is saying.

This can lead to difficultly properly following a conversation. It can make communication and vocabulary recall harder, and these Problems with language can make it difficult to cope at work.

Here are some tell-tale signs of Alzheimer’s-related language issues:

Visuospatial skills

This means experiencing trouble when trying to properly gauge distances and comprehend depth perception. This can make simple daily tasks, such as walking upstairs, difficult.

Some signs that someone is struggling to relate to the world around them:

Concentration

This includes finding it harder to make decisions and focus on seeing a task through to the end. This can make daily tasks, such as cooking, more taxing.

Here are a few practical examples of concentration difficulties that could indicate Alzheimer’s:

Your GP will also be able to give you practical advice on the various treatments available and any preparations you need to put in place.

Orientation

Someone with Alzheimer’s may struggle to understand what day of the week, it is. This can make someone less reliable, which can be frustrating. This is can also impair mobility, making elderly care a big consideration.

Examples of this include:

Mental health issues

Along with cognitive function, someone who is living with early-stage Alzheimer’s is likely to suffer mood swings, anxiety and depression.

All of these mental health conditions carry a range of symptoms, but you might find your loved one:

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What to do if your loved one has early-stage Alzheimer’s

As soon as you suspect your loved one has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s essential to arrange an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. This can help you get a dementia diagnosis.

Even though it’s a progressive disease, catching it early can make a big difference in terms of living well with the condition and planning ahead.

Hearing an expert talking through the situation can help you come to terms with the conditions and gain a better understanding of what it’s going to mean

Importantly, your GP will also be able to give you practical advice on the various treatments available and any preparations you need to put in place.

If you’re starting to explore care options, it’s worth checking whether live-in care is a suitable solution for your family.

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