Friday, August 5th, 2016

Do you have these early age signs of Alzheimer’s?

Narada Desk | August 5, 2016 12:41 pm Print
It would be incredibly rare to have an early sign of Alzheimer's in the 20s. But it has been known to happen. Personality changes, and perhaps getting lost or problems with short term memory would be noticed. A neurologist is required to evaluate...

Are you facing memory loss situations and finding it hard to learn new things even when you are just in your twenties? Please don’t ignore this as these could be early signs of the onset of Alzheimer’s. Other early symptoms of Alzheimer’s are:

  • Lack of energy and fatigue.
  • Sudden mood swings all the time
  • You’re angry and frustrated all the time about nothing serious
  • You react slowly to new situations and not so assertive
  • You lost the ability to understand some things.
  • You like to be alone.
  • You have trouble communicating with others.
  • Performance of everyday activities decreases.
  • Peripheral vision is lost. 

It would be incredibly rare to have an early sign of Alzheimer’s in the 20s. But it has been known to happen. Personality changes and perhaps getting lost or problems with short term memory would be noticed. A neurologist is required to evaluate.

Visual agnosia (the eyes function properly but the brain doesn’t always interpret the signals correctly) can crop up even before short term memory loss, especially visuospatial problems, i.e., difficulty locating objects in space  relative to each other. 

This can sometimes be most noticeable in its effect on driving — the Alzheimer’s patient may have trouble staying in the lane, or misjudge the relative speed of his car and the cars around him and either come up behind a driver too quickly or change lanes when there isn’t enough room. 

Motion blindness can crop up unexpectedly, and may cause even an early-stage Alzheimer’s patient to become lost even in the most familiar of places.  Or the patient may, from time to time, be unable to recognize familiar objects.

Failure to recognize a familiar face can also happen, but we tend to assume it is due to forgetfulness rather than a sudden episode of prosopagnosia (faceblindness/facial agnosia).

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