10 Warning signs of Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. It usually develops slowly and gradually gets worse as brain function declines and brain cells eventually wither and die. Ultimately, Alzheimer's is fatal, and currently, there is no cure.

Have you noticed any of these warning signs?

  • Memory loss that disrupts daily life. One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events and asking the same information over and over.
  • Challenges in planning or solving problems. Some people may experience changes in their ability to develop and follow a plan or work with numbers. They may have difficulty in concentrating and take much longer to do things than they did before.
  • Difficulty completing familiar tasks. People with Alzheimer’s often find it hard to complete daily tasks, driving to a familiar location, managing a budget or remember the rules of a favorite game.
  • Confusion with time and place. They lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time and they have difficulty in understanding something that is not happening immediately. Sometimes they forget where they are or how they got there.
  • Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. They have difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast.
  • New problems with words in speaking or writing. People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation. They stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue or they may repeat themselves.
  • Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. They may put things in unusual places; they may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again.
  • Decreased or poor judgment. People with Alzheimer’s may use poor judgment when dealing with money and they may pay less attention to grooming and keeping themselves clean.
  • Withdrawal from work or social activities. They may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social activities, work activities or sport. They may avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced.
  • Changes in mood and personality. The mood and personality of people with Alzheimer’s can changes. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily upset. Consult your physician if you have any of these warning signs. Although Alzheimer’s cannot be cured, early diagnosis provides the best opportunities for treatment and support.

Source: http://www.alz.org.

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