Speech Problems Maybe An Early Sign Of Alzheimer’s

Posted by on July 17, 2017 10:58 am
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If you’re having trouble finding the right words then it could be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease… maybe, unless you can’t you’re drunk and then well you’re probably just drunk and need to go sleep it off.

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re uh … developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, a study suggests.

About 47 million people worldwide have dementia, and Alzheimer’s is the most common type. In the U.S., about 5.5 million people have the disease. Current drugs can’t slow or reverse it, just ease symptoms. Doctors think treatment might need to start sooner to do any good, so there’s a push to find early signs.

Mild cognitive impairment causes changes that are noticeable to the person or others, but not enough to interfere with daily life. It doesn’t mean these folks will develop Alzheimer’s, but many do — 15 to 20 percent per year.

4 responses to Speech Problems Maybe An Early Sign Of Alzheimer’s

  1. Shannon July 20th, 2017 at 8:10 am

    It’s also a devestating side affect of a medicine called adavan. I lost my son to brain cancer at the age of four. The death of my angel was more than I could bare. The nightmares that persisted made my life a living hell. I went to my dr and he gave me adavan. It relieved the night mares as long as I didn’t miss a dose. It’s been a trade off. I started having memory loss and significant amount of cognitive decline. Like I say a payoff but in my case it’s something I can live with.

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  2. JP in MT July 17th, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    And isn’t Nancy having speech problems?

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  3. C. Joseph July 17th, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    How about stress?? Might be another sign of vocabulary breakdown. But also a common practice of politicians !!

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  4. John G July 17th, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Holy crap! That is 90% of the politicians and newscasters, and ALL of the teenagers in the US. What a terrible tragedy!

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