10 signs of alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s Disease:

 

Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking,

reasoning and behavior.  Each person may experience one or more of these signs

and at different degrees. Alzheimer’s accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases for

people over 65 years.  Read below about The Alzheimer’s Association 10 Warning

Signs of Alzheimer’s:

 

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting

recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events;

asking the same information over and over; increasingly need to rely on memory

aides (reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they

used to handle on their own.

 

2. 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 trouble following a familiar recipe or keeping

track of monthly bills. They may have difficulty concentrating and take much longer

to do things than they did before.

 

3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure

People with Alzheimer’s and other forms of memory loss often find it hard to

complete daily tasks. Sometimes, people may have trouble driving to a familiar

location, managing a budget at work or remembering the rules of a favorite game.

 

4. Confusion with time or place

People with Alzheimer’s can lose track of dates, seasons and the passage of time.

They may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately.

Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.

 

5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships

For some people, having vision problems is a sign of Alzheimer’s. They may have

difficulty reading, judging distance and determining color or contrast. In terms of

perception, they may pass a mirror and think someone else is in the room. They

may not realize they are the person in the mirror.

 

6. New problems with words in speaking or writing

People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble following or joining a conversation.

They may stop in the middle of a conversation and have no idea how to continue

or they may have to repeat themselves. Memory loss often affects vocabulary;

your loved one may have problems finding the right word or call things by the

wrong name (e.g., calling a “watch” a “hand-clock”)

 

7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps

A person with Alzheimer’s disease may put things in unusual places. They

may lose things and be unable to go back over their steps to find them again.

Sometimes, they may accuse others of stealing when memory loss prevents

them from locating a mislaid item. This may occur more frequently over time.

 

8. Decreased or poor judgment

People with Alzheimer’s may experience changes in judgment or decision making.

For example, they may use poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large

amounts to telemarketers. They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping

themselves clean.

 

9. Withdrawal from work or social activities

A person with Alzheimer’s may start to remove themselves from hobbies, social

activities, work projects or sports. They may have trouble keeping up with a favorite

sports team or remembering how to complete a favorite hobby. They may also avoid

being social because of the changes they have experienced.

 

10. Changes in mood or personality

The mood and personalities of people with Alzheimer’s can change. They can

become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful or anxious. They may be easily

upset at home, at work, with friends or in places where they are out of their comfort

zone.

 

It is always recommended to consult your physician to discuss signs further.