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Last updated May 13, 2017, originally published May 2, 2016
By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist

[Health and fitness articles are reviewed by our team of
Doctors and Registered Nurses, Certified fitness trainers and
other members of our Editorial Board.]










Forgetting to pay a bill, forgetting a grandchild’s name, losing
your way coming back from the store: are these early signs of
Alzheimer’s? Many people fear memory loss or “senior
moments” are the first indications of this serious brain
condition. But Alzheimer’s disease goes beyond misplacing your
keys from time to time – and some of its signs are surprising.
Alzheimer’s disease affects everyone differently but there are
some common first signs – and some unusual ones, too.

What Exactly Is Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia that produces memory
problems, behavioral problems, and cognitive problems.
Alzheimer’s progresses over time and symptoms that start off
mild begin to interfere with normal life –
in the later stages of
the disease,
sufferers often lose the ability to respond to their
environment and carry on a conversation.

Alzheimer’s accounts for up to 80 percent of cases of dementia,
according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Common Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

The brain ages just as the body does. And as the brain gets
older, brain cells sometimes begin to fail, and to die.

The tiniest changes in the brain occur a long time before any
signs of Alzheimer’s are noticed.

When signs begin to occur, the most common is memory loss.
People find it difficult to remember newly learned information.

Other common symptoms of Alzheimer’s include mood and
behavior changes, confusion, disorientation, serious memory
loss, and, eventually, difficulty walking, talking, and swallowing.

There are also some more unusual signs that may signal the
early stages of Alzheimer’s and it is useful to know what they
are.


Importance of Early Diagnosis

Doctors say a physician skilled in dementia can diagnose
Alzheimer’s with 90 percent accuracy.

The earlier the condition is spotted, the more difficult it is to
diagnose – but early diagnosis is important.

With an early diagnosis, sufferers have a better chance of
finding effective treatment and more time to plan for how to
handle the disease in the future. Once the problem has been
diagnosed it takes away the anxiety of the unknown, and there
are also increased opportunities to participate in clinical trials
and research.

Early diagnosis is vital. If you or a loved one is experiencing
any of the following 7  unusual signs, speak to your doctor as
soon as possible.































1.
Slow Walking Speed Is an Early Sign of Alzheimer’s?

How fast you walk is a clue to your Alzheimer’s status, say
experts.

Amyloid plaques may build up in the brain and cause walking
pace to slow, according to 2015 research from the Center of
Excellence in Neurodegeneration, Toulouse, in France.

A slower walking pace can signal Alzheimer’s even when the
sufferer shows no other signs. Researchers looked at 128
people who did not suffer from dementia but had a higher risk
factor of developing it. The researchers found a link between
slow walking speed and amyloid plaques in many different
areas of the brain.

(Read more about the
connection between your walking speed
and your lifespan.)

2.
Having Trouble Finding Your Way Around Is an Early
Alzheimer’s Sign

Researchers say that a special navigation skill test could
diagnose changes in the brain before the start of memory
problems, according to a 2016 study from Washington
University in St. Louis.

Difficulties building brain maps of new surroundings results in
problems finding your way around, and could signal Alzheimer’
s
disease.

Participants in the study used a joystick to get around a virtual
maze and find landmarks. Prior research showed that problems
with navigation occur early in some individuals with Alzheimer’s
and it may be because amyloid plaques build up in areas of the
brain affecting spatial awareness.


[Update:

This ability to build maps in our head is something that many of
us are slowly losing. Our reliance on GPS navigation and maps
on the internet may be eroding our natural navigation skills,
scientists say. For example, Inuit Indians of Alaska and
northern Canada have long used the stars and finely tuned
navigation skills to find their way around the seemingly
monotonous landscape of white snow.  However, with the
introduction of GPS devices, the newer generation of Inuits
have lost much of these skills, according to a 2001 study led by
anthropologist Claudio Aporta.]


3.
Swearing is an Unusual Sign of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s can bring with it mood changes and behavioral
changes. People become more confused, anxious, and fearful.

Sometimes swearing is a first sign of the condition as sufferers
change emotionally, and also when areas of the brain affecting
mood are affected by plaques.

A 2003 study from Blacktown-Mt. Druitt Health, Australia said
that “noise-making [like swearing] could be explained by
damage to the frontal lobe or interruption of the complex
subcortical circuits and related brain chemistry.”

4.
Losing Your Sense of Smell Can Be a Sign of Alzheimer’s

Are you dealing with a decreased sense of smell as you age? It
could be one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s according to a
2011 study from the Case Western Reserve University School
of Medicine.

Researchers also pointed out that the decreased sense of smell
could be restored by removing the plaque-forming protein that
occurs and causes the problem.

It is worth remembering that
loss of smell could be caused by
any number of other conditions but since the 1970s it has been
identified as one of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s.

5.
Poor Visual Memory as a Sign of Alzheimer’s

If you have problems holding onto a mental image of
something after you have seen it briefly, you could be suffering
an unusual sign of Alzheimer’s, according to experts.

A 2005 study from the University of Southern California, Los
Angeles says lack of an “iconic memory” is a predictor of the
condition. Researchers say that an iconic image test could be
developed to detect Alzheimer’s in the early stages.

6.
Kicking in Your Sleep Is Sign of Alzheimer’s

A specific form of sleep disorder where you act out your
dreams through crying or kicking in your sleep could be seen
as a predictor of Alzheimer’s, experts say.

In the 2008 study from the Montreal General Hospital of 93
people, those with REM sleep behavior disorder were followed
for five years and 26 people out of the study developed
dementia.

Researchers say that people who experience this sleep disorder
may already be showing signs of dementia like Alzheimer’s.

Of course, if you have always kicked in your sleep, such kicking
may mean nothing. But if you have suddenly begun kicking in
your sleep or acting out your dreams, see your doctor.

7.
Are Falls and Balance Problems Early Signs?

If you have problems with your balance or you fall often, it
could be an Alzheimer’s sign.

A 2011 study from the Washington University School of
Medicine in St. Louis found that people with early Alzheimer’s
disease were more likely than others to fall – they had twice
the annual rate of falls for people in their age group.





















































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