“Alzheimer’s disease is the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that can’t be prevented, cured or slowed down.”
If you have experienced Alzheimer’s first-hand in your family, you know how frightening the disease can be.
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s today, with another person developing the disease every 68 seconds, writes Ben Tinker for CNN.
There is no silver lining, but there is one slightly brighter spot.
With early diagnosis, the disease can be better managed so “the symptoms are less harsh,” says Tinker.
Early diagnosis leads to more effective treatments and intervention, reports Dr. Keith Black, chairman of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Alzheimer’s can be difficult to correctly diagnose, but researchers say our ability to recognize types of cognitive impairment is improving.
Here are the 10 most prominent warning signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association:
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
4. Confusion with time or place
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
8. Decreased or poor judgment
People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision-making, says the Alzheimer’s Association. “For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money” or may give “large amounts to telemarketers.” Not surprisingly, as financial advisors, this is one area where we often work with clients and their families to keep their assets safe, well-managed, and protected.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
10. Changes in mood and personality
Tip: For a professional evaluation, call your doctor’s office.