By Nyvia Rodriguez, Director of Memory Care Program
When we think of memory loss, we often think of the word ‘Alzheimer’s”, but in truth, there are many other reasons why a person might lose their short or long-term memories. Simply losing your keys every so often or leaving your lunch at home in the morning doesn’t necessarily have to be a sign of Alzheimer’s. However, there are several medical conditions that can propagate memory loss, including: vitamin B deficiency, Thyroid, Kidney or Liver problems, anxiety or depression, and even stress.
Alzheimer’s is quite well known, but not many understand the ins and outs of this disease. It is a neurodegenerative disorder that can affect seniors, but can also show up in younger adults. While memory loss is certainly one of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, here are 10 signs to look out for:
1. Changes in memory recollection that can affect daily life
2. Difficulty solving problems
3. Difficulty doing daily tasks at work, home or in leisurely activities.
4. Loss of awareness of time or place.
5. Difficulty in understanding visual images and how objects relate to each other in the environment.
6. Recent problems with the use of words in speech or writing.
7. Placement of objects out of place and lack of ability to retrace their steps
8. Decrease or lack of good judgment.
9. Loss of initiative to take part in work or social activities.
10. Changes in mood or personality.
If these symptoms seem familiar to you, please reach out to your medical services providers to rule out any medical condition or deficiency.
(2009) Alzheimer’s Association
(2015) National Institute on Aging