Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia, and causes a slow reduction in memory as well as thinking and reasoning skills. Although there are top warning signs and symptoms, remember that each individual may experience these signs in varying degrees.
Disruptive Memory Loss: One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss that disrupts daily life, especially forgetting recently learned information, forgetting important dates or events, or asking for the same information over and over.
Time & Place Confusion: Those with Alzheimer’s can lose track of the passage of time and dates. They may forget where they are or how they got there.
Social Withdrawal: Some people with Alzheimer’s disease remove themselves from hobbies, work projects, social activities, and sports.
Planning & Solving Challenges: Some with Alzheimer’s may experience trouble in their ability to formulate and follow a plan, work with numbers, or concentrate. They may take longer to do things than they once took.
Difficulty With Familiar Tasks: People with Alzheimer’s find it difficult to perform daily tasks, such as remembering rules and driving to a familiar location.
Misplacement: Patients with Alzheimer’s disease may lose items and remain unable to retrace their steps to find the lost goods. They may place belongings in unusual places, and may accuse others of stealing when they can’t find the items.
Visual & Spatial Trouble: Vision and spatial relationship difficulty is a sign of Alzheimer’s disease for some people. This manifests in trouble judging distance, determining contrast and color, and difficulty reading and driving.
Mood & Personality Changes: Alzheimer’s patients can easily become fearful, confused, anxious, suspicious, or depressed. This can happen even with friends and at home.
Word Trouble: Those with Alzheimer’s may find it difficult to join a conversation or follow along, and may repeat themselves when talking. They may find vocabulary a struggle, calling items by the wrong names, for instance.
Poor Judgment: Alzheimer’s patients may experience changes in their decision-making and judgment. They may pay less attention to staying clean and grooming.
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