September is Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Do you know how Alzheimer’s can affect people? Or how to spot the early signs of Alzheimer’s? Read below and find out.

September is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, a global opportunity to raise awareness about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. While Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of ageing, it is the most common type of dementia. With no cure available yet, early detection is key to getting treatment, support and planning care.

What are the Early Signs of Alzheimer’s?

Some early warning signs that should be mentioned to a doctor include:

  • Memory loss that affects daily life – forgetting recently learned information, important dates or locations and asking repetitive questions.
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems – trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping track of monthly bills.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks – trouble driving to a familiar location, remembering rules of familiar games.
  • Confusion with time or place – losing track of dates, seasons and passage of time.
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships – difficulty reading, judging distance and determining colour/brightness.
  • Problems with words – trouble following or joining conversations and frequently misplacing words.
  • Misplacing things and inability to retrace steps – putting things in unusual places and then being unable to locate them.
  • Poor or decreased judgement – giving large amounts of money to telemarketers or dressing unsuitable for the weather.

While these signs don’t necessarily mean someone has Alzheimer’s, they should be discussed with a doctor to determine if there are undiagnosed memory issues requiring medical intervention or lifestyle changes. Early diagnosis allows for better disease management and planning.

Find out more about Alzheimer’s here: Alzheimer’s Society (alzheimers.org.uk)