Alzheimer's Early Stages: First Steps for Family, Friends by Daniel Kuhn

By Daniel Kuhn

This version contains the most recent info on Alzheimer’s danger components, remedies, and prevention, in addition to a brand new bankruptcy, “Voices of Experience,” composed of reflections via relatives. It additionally presents information regarding new medicinal drugs authorized seeing that 1999 and the federal government’s choice to hide counseling and different health-related prone via Medicare.

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Those with AD typically do not share the same perceptions of the disease as others close to them. In a sense, the disease is often accompanied by a cushion that softens its meaning for the affected person. Most people with AD already know that something is not right with their memory and thinking. Putting a label on their symptoms may make no difference to them. However, receiving the diagnosis may eliminate their need to cover up or to try to compensate for their difficulties. Some people with AD ask a few basic questions but usually defer to their family for clarification or further information.

Qxd 2/17/2003 3:44 PM Page 29 Symptoms of the Early Stages of Alzheimer ’s Disease 29 able and persistent signs. Recent research studies have shown that changes in the brain probably occur for years before manifesting as symptoms. Most family members of a person with AD are able to recall unusual incidents that occurred months or years before a loved one was diagnosed. At the time they may have dismissed these signs as nothing more than eccentric behavior or as a normal part of the aging process.

Any significant change in the routine of an affected person may be sufficient to bring out the symptoms of AD. For example, when a person with AD goes on vacation, he or she may experience confusion and may even get lost. One woman traced her first awareness of her husband’s AD to their trip to Europe: First, he did not participate as usual in the planning of the vacation. He seemed anxious while packing his bags. He had trouble remembering the location of hotels as well as our itinerary. He seemed really out of sorts at times but then he would seem okay at other times.

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