I'm sorry that your Mom had Alzheimers and that you had to go through the sad and frustrating experiences of Alzheimers/Dementia.
Both of my parents had/have Azheimers/Dementia and my Dad died years ago. Not because of it but from complications of severe RA. My Mom is in a Home now with Alzheimers/Dementia and we were visiting with her yesterday. We were happy to see each other but we could see a decline in her mental state.
I recently turned 58, so I was concerned about
me also because of my parents plight plus I was having symptoms that at least half of middle aged people do experience. I felt mine were more than the norm, so I asked my Dr. to refer me to a Neurologist for testing which he did. I needed to know the answer and get things rolling, if it was the case.
People in their late 40's and early 50's have been dxd. with Alzheimers/Dementia. On the other hand, forgetting a person's name, where we put the keys, going into a room and forgetting what we wanted then remembering it shortly after, can be quite normal. Our brains are aging after all. There are things that can cause us memory loss and other symptoms like medications, for example. That's why testing needs to be done by a Specialist.
Diagnosing Alzheimer's: How Alzheimer's is diagnosed
To diagnose Alzheimer's dementia, doctors conduct tests to assess memory impairment and other thinking skills, judge functional abilities, and identify behavior changes. They also perform a series of tests to rule out other possible causes of impairment.
By Mayo Clinic Staff
To diagnose Alzheimer's dementia, doctors evaluate your signs and symptoms and conduct several tests.
An accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer's dementia is an important first step to ensure you have appropriate treatment, care, family education and plans for the future.
Early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia
Early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's dementia include:
Memory impairment, such as difficulty remembering events
Difficulty concentrating, planning or problem-solving
Problems finishing daily tasks at home or at work
location or passage of time
Having visual or space difficulties, such as not understanding distance in driving, getting lost or misplacing items
Language problems, such as word-finding problems or reduced vocabulary in speech or writing
Using poor judgment in decisions
Withdrawal from work events or social engagements
Changes in mood, such as depression or other behavior and personality changes
Alzheimer's dementia can affect several aspects of your daily life.
When warning signs of Alzheimer's dementia appear, it's important that you get a prompt and accurate diagnosis.
Take Care! :)
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