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 difficult 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.
The amount a person drinks consistently may play a role in how likely it is to develop Alzheimer’s. Repeated binge drinking irreversibly damages brain cells, damaged blood vessels, increases the risk of heart attack, and can lead to “alcohol-related brain damage” (ARBD). ARBD has been linked to the development of Korsakoff’s syndrome and Alcoholic dementia, in addition to an early development of Alzheimer’s disease. Heavy drinking can also cause many people to fall or get into unnecessary fights which can lead to the person receiving trauma to the head. As noted earlier, brain trauma is another predictor of Alzheimer’s.