BRAIN AND NERVE CARE

10 Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

By Temma Ehrenfeld @temmaehrenfeld
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April 18, 2017

Researchers are looking hard for subtle tell-tale clues and tests to catch the disease earlier. Don’t panic — but watch for these early signs of Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer’s disease seems to build up over 10 to 20 years before we see symptoms. In theory, this gives us time to catch the earliest signs and do everything possible to prepare for the disease or slow its progress. Any significant change in a person’s usual behavior or abilities could give you reason for concern.

 

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Researchers are looking hard for subtle tell-tale clues and tests to catch the disease earlier. Don’t panic — but watch for these early signs of Alzheimer’s:

1. Oversleeping. Middle-aged people who gradually begin to sleep nine hours or more a night over time — on average, 13 years — are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s, according to a 2017 study.  Lingering in bed may be a symptom, rather than a cause, however.

 

 

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Updated:

October 16, 2017

Reviewed By:

Christopher Nystuen, MD, MBA