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June 14, 2019

7 Signs Your Forgetfulness is Really an Early Sign Alzheimer’s

Joyce Knestrick, PhD, CRNP, FAANP

We’ve all forgotten a name or misplaced our keys. Fatigue and stress can make even the most put-together person seem out of sorts, but how do know if it’s a momentary lapse or something more serious?   

People fear Alzheimer’s more than any other condition – cancer included. Losing cognitive function is scary, but it doesn’t happen overnight. Typically, there are signs, and when diagnosed early, progression can be significantly delayed. Here are 7 signs it’s time to book a cognitive assessment:

  1. You forget recently learned information.
  2. You forget important names and dates.
  3. You ask for the same information over and over.
  4. You have a hard time following directions.
  5. You have a hard time keeping track of time.
  6. You’re struggling to read, judge distance or see color contrast.
  7. You easily confuse words and lose your train of thought. 

Cognitive decline is part of the aging process, but Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia cause accelerated and more severe symptoms. Early diagnosis can lead to better treatment options, including access to clinical trials, so don’t wait!