Alzheimer’s Symptoms


Symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease

The most common symptom that occurs early in Alzheimer’s disease is the difficulty in remembering recently learned information.

Like the rest of our body, our brain changes with age. Most of us eventually notice  that our thinking is getting slow and we have occasional problems with remembering certain things. However, serious memory loss, confusion and other major changes in the way our minds work can be a sign that brain cells are being affected.

The most common symptom of Alzheimer’s is difficulty remembering newly learned information because Alzheimer’s changes the part of the brain that affects learning. As Alzheimer’s progresses through the brain, it leads to more severe symptoms, including disorientation, changes in mood and behavior, and confusion about the events, time and place along with suspicions about family, friends and professional caregivers,  also difficulty speaking, swallowing and walking.

Some people start to show signs of Alzheimer’s as memory loss and may find it difficult to recognize they have a problem. Dementia signs are more obvious to family members and friends. Anyone experiencing dementia-like symptoms should visit a doctor as soon as possible.

Early diagnosis and intervention methods are improving dramatically and treatment options and sources of support can improve quality of life. If you need to get a doctor to perform an assessment related to the symptoms you may have, you can contact the Alzheimer’s Association of Puerto Rico (www.alzheimerpr.org).

Help is available

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, you are not alone. The Alzheimer’s Association of Puerto Rico is one of the reliable sources with reliable information, education, referral and support for people affected by the disease.

Call 787-727-4151 or 787-268-6818 or email:  alzheimerpr@alzheimerpr.org

Visit: www.alzheimerpr.org