World Alzheimer's Day: Four signs to watch out for

  • Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 21, 2014 17:30 IST

Alzheimer’s causes long-term loss of the ability to think and reason. Trouble with memory is one of the early signs of Alzheimer's.

On the World Alzheimer's Day, here are four signs of the deadly disease:

1. One should watchout for forgetfulness -- it could be events or people. One might forget recent events and even fail to recognise family members.

2. With slow short-term memory loss, one tends to lose track of or misplace things frequently. This might include getting locked out of the house repeatedly or putting a shoe in the refrigerator.

3. Confusion is also an early sign of Dementia. One tends to get lost in familiar areas or forget details of familiar addresses.

4. One of the early signs of Alzheimer's is struggling to communicate thoughts the way one wants to. One tends to repeat the same word, sentence or story without realising once has said it before.

Also read: World Alzheimer’s Day: Patients, their families struggle due to lack of facilities

(Courtesy Dr Sanjay Kumawat, psychiatrist and former superintendent at the Thane Mental Hospital)

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