Alzheimer’s 10 Signs and Symptoms
Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills. The most common sign of Alzheimer’s is memory loss. Specifically, memory loss that disrupts daily life. Here are 10 warning signs and symptoms that the Alzheimer’s Association has determined. If you notice a loved one with any of these, do not ignore them. Schedule an appointment with their doctor immediately.
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stage, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over, and increasingly needing to rely on memory aids (e.g., reminder notes or electronic devices) or family members for things they used to handle on their own.
Example: Forgetting names or appointments, but remember them later.
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.
Example: Making occasional errors when balancing a checkbook
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work, or at leisure
People with Alzheimer’s 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.
Example: Occasionally needing help to use the settings on a microwave or to record a television show.
4. Confusion with time or place
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, which may cause problems with driving.
Example: Vision changes related to cataracts.
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
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.
Example: Making a bad decision once in a while.
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 also may avoid being social because of the changes they have experienced.
Example: Sometimes feeling weary of work, family, and social obligations
10. Changes in mood and 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
Example: Developing very specific ways of doing things and becoming irritable when a routine is disrupted.
Early detection matters
If you notice any of the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s in yourself or someone you know, take action immediately.
If your loved one becomes diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Caring Loving Sharing Caregivers can be of your assistance. Rather than placing them in a home, we will provide in home services that will cater to their needs. We want the best for you and your loved ones and we are more than happy to assist in any way possible. If you have any questions, please contact us today for more information.