9. Constantly Getting Lost
One of the earliest signs of Alzheimer’s disease is whether or not a person is continuing to be a functional navigator. If it is increasingly challenging to create cognitive maps of new or familiar locations, it is likely that Alzheimer’s is developing inside the brain. The hippocampus is the part of the brain responsible for mentally visualizing new surroundings and has been noted as being an early target for Alzheimer’s. Atrophy of the hippocampus can prevent people from learning new locations and lead to learning being inhibited as the disease continues to develop.
10. Slowed Walking Speed
If you are starting to notice a change in the way you walk, you may be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease it seems that walking ability and cognitive ability are linked to one another. Studies show that an impaired walking ability can predict whether or not a person is likely to develop the disease. The ability to walk and talk simultaneously, as well as the speed of one’s walk, is negatively affected by cognitive deterioration. People with an altered gait in their later years are also more likely to develop Alzheimer’s than a person with a “normal” gait.Related: Benefits of Walking at Least 30 Minutes Per Day
11. To Many Head Injuries
Head trauma is responsible for many ailments including seizures, nagging headaches, and random mood swings. With this in mind, it makes sense that the Alzheimer’s Association would cite brain trauma as a cause of Alzheimer’s and Dementia. People with a history of brain trauma have a chance of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s that is between 2.3 to 4.5 times greater than a person with no such history. Though it is unclear if one traumatic event can trigger the disease, it is still recommended that people take the necessary steps to prevent injury.