The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease

August 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

Memory often changes as you grow older. But memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging. It may be a symptom of dementia, which is a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a fatal disorder that results in the loss of brain cells and function. Here are the warning signs of Alzheimer’s versus typical age-related changes:

  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life. Not remembering important dates or events or asking for the same information over and over.
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems. Having trouble following a plan or working with numbers.
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure. Completing daily tasks such as driving to a familiar location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game are difficult.
  4. Confusion with time or place. Losing track of dates, seasons and the passage of time, and where they are or how they got there.
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. Having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s, difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast.
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing. Having trouble following or joining a conversation, struggling with vocabulary, finding the right word or call things by the wrong name.
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. Putting things in unusual places, losing things, accusing others of stealing.
  8. Decreased or poor judgement. Using poor judgement when dealing with money, including giving large amounts to telemarketers; and less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean.
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities. Removing themselves from hobbies, social activities, work projects or sports.
  10. Changes in mood and personality. Becoming confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious.

Warning Signs       

If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of the ten warning signs, please see a doctor to find the cause. Early diagnosis provides the best chance to seek treatment and plan for your future.

Source: The Alzheimer’s Association

http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_10_signs_of_alzheimers.asp#signs

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