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Alzheimer’s Symptoms or Normal Aging? How to Tell the Difference

It’s important to look for warning signs when it comes to your health. Early detection of a disease can help you and your physicians come up with a treatment plan. 

When it comes to Alzheimer’s, it can be difficult to tell whether the changes you may be experiencing are due to natural aging or the disease. However, there are signs that you can watch for in both yourself and your loved ones that may help you detect any issues earlier in the process.

Occasional forgetfulness is one thing, but warning signs for Alzheimer’s is another.

Disruptions in Daily Life

Forgetting names and appointments is not unusual, but frequent need for reminders and a tendency to ask for the same information again can be a sign that you may want to see a doctor. Newfound trouble with daily activities that you or a loved one used to perform regularly is a red flag worth checking out. 

Vocal Cues

New problems with speaking and writing may arise due to Alzheimer’s. An early sign is when a person has trouble completing a sentence after pausing in the middle of a conversation. 

It’s easy to draw a blank when it comes to everyday life, but trouble with vocabulary can be another indicator. If you or someone you know often calls normal items by the wrong name, it may be more than just a regular aging issue.

Changes in Mood

Everyone acts anxious or irritable from time to time. However, a change in personality can be a potential warning sign for Alzheimer’s.

A decline in memory can leave people feeling confused, fearful, and suspicious. It may be harder to keep up with a hobby or activity, so social detachment is another red flag.

How You Can Help

If you’re worried you or someone you care about is experiencing any of the warning signs of Alzheimer’s, call us at 440-816-5816 to make an appointment and download our new patient registration form.

Dr. Sanjay Choudhary, M.D., Internal Medicine

DISCLAIMER: This blog is for informational purposes only. It does not replace medical care from a licensed physician. If you have a medical concern, please contact your doctor.

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