Memory loss can be a distressing side effect of aging. But unlike Hollywood often portrays, mild memory loss is not the only impairment associated with Alzheimer’s. There are typically several, lesser known signs that can indicate that you, or a loved one have just entered into the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
Before you begin to panic, it’s important to understand that one, or even two of these symptoms alone is not indicative of a problem. But, if you begin to notice in an increase in these behaviors, coupled with growing memory loss, or language problems, it may be time to contact your healthcare provider.
Here are three important symptoms and behaviors to look for:
Theft or Other Criminal Behavior
Surprisingly, stealing is a sign of early onset Alzheimer’s. Frontotemperal Dementia is a progressively damaging brain disorder that is often associated with Alzheimer’s. People who suffer from this form of dementia often find that their executive function may become compromised, making it more difficult to distinguish good decisions from bad.
Problems with Vision
Problems with vision often precede memory problems with Alzheimer’s patients, but because it is often brushed off as unimportant, sufferers rarely realize the issue may be more involved. People with this condition may have difficulty walking or driving. They will often fall or trip, and in some cases, it can lead to serious injuries.
Sudden Personality Changes
A person suffering from Alzheimer’s may suddenly undergo a personality change. A person who was previously warm and caring, may suddenly begin to act cold or distant. A mild mannered person may suddenly become aggressive and may curse more frequently.
Often times it’s only after a person has been diagnosed that all the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place. It can be devastating for a family member to come to terms with learning that the behavior their loved ones displayed was actually an indication of a deeper, more serious issue. If you or a loved one has begun experiencing these behaviors, and are having persistent memory or language issues, you should contact your doctor for further testing.