10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. Memory Loss: One of the most common early signs of dementia is forgetting recently learned information. While it is normal to forget common everyday things once in a while, those with dementia will forget things more often and not remember them later.
  2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks: People with dementia find it hard to complete tasks that were once familiar to them. They may not know how to prepare a meal, use a household appliance, make a phone call, etc.
  3. Problems with language: Everyone has trouble finding the right word sometimes, but a persona with dementia often forgets simple words or substitutes with unusual words. Writing and language skills become more difficult and the individual may become annoyed that you don’t understand what they are trying to communicate.
  4. Disorientation to time and place: Individuals with Alzheimer’s may become lost on their own street, forget where they are, how they got there and how to get home.
  5. Poor or decreased judgment: Individuals with dementia often show poor judgment with regard to money, giving away large amounts to telemarketers or other individuals, they may dress inappropriately for the weather conditions, etc.
  6. Problems with abstract thinking: Everyday activities such as writing or balancing the checkbook become difficult. They may completely forget what the numbers are used for.
  7. Misplacing things: A person with dementia may put things in unusual places; an iron in the freezer, a sandwich under the sofa…hording and hiding are common behaviors.
  8. Changes in mood or behavior: Rapid mood swings become more frequent. The mood swings can go from calm to tears to anger within minutes for no apparent reason.
  9. Changes in personality: A person with Alzheimer’s disease may change drastically, becoming inappropriate, irritable, suspicious or fearful.
  10. Loss of initiative: People with Alzheimer’s may become passive, sleep more or become reluctant to get involved in activities they once enjoyed such as reading, sports, social activities, etc.

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