This is What Happens To Your Brain and Body Before and After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

You begin to have trouble problem solving

Senior Man With Adult Daughter

Another early sign of Alzheimer’s is trouble problem solving. Since your cognitive skills are on a downturn, making simple decisions can become a draining task. You might find yourself incapable of coming to a conclusion about a specific problem, such as figuring out how much you should spend on something or determining the best route to take to get to a destination. The buildup of plaque and tangles have disabled the brain’s ability to think through certain issues.

You might lose your train of thought

Upset old lady

Everyone loses their train of thought sometimes; we’re only human. But when it becomes consistently difficult to hold a conversation, it’s a sign that something is wrong. Memory loss is the most notable sign of Alzheimer’s, and these other impairments stem from the cells dying; and the brain can no longer perform its regular duties. At this point, it’s time to consult a doctor.

A trip to the doctor may result in an Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Older at doctor

It’s not easy to see a doctor when the concern of Alzheimer’s is in the back of your mind. The tricky part about an Alzheimer’s diagnosis is there is no definitive way to confirm the disease. It is up to the doctor’s analysis of your symptoms and cognitive abilities. Your doctor will check your medical history as well as give you a “mental test” to determine how proficient you are in areas such as memory, counting, problem solving skills, and more. The results will tell your doctor whether or not you have Alzheimer’s.

The symptoms will become more noticeable to others

Grandparents And Grandchildren

Once the diagnosis is made, the disease will continue to progress. At this point, more people might notice the symptoms. There are several medications that can be prescribed to ease symptoms and reduce the mental blockage. But unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease, so the symptoms will progress regardless. And after a while, physical symptoms may begin to appear as well.

You may become unable to control your bladder or bowels

Man holding toilet paper

As much as 70% of Alzheimer’s patients will suffer from incontinence, or the inability to control their bladder or bowels. For those with the disease, the brain has difficulty relaying messages. This means it doesn’t always signal the bladder is full or you need to use the bathroom. This can lead to incontinence. Plus, cognitive issues such as forgetting where the bathroom is or not communicating that you need to use the bathroom can also lead to incontinence.

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