Here’s a list of 10 warning signs that may indicate Alzheimer’s disease:
1. Difficulty remembering things that just happened
Forgetting dates or events; repeatedly asking for the same information; and relying more and more on reminder notes or family members to handle daily tasks.
2. Inability to plan or solve problems
Struggling to track monthly bills or solve simple math problems. Taking longer to do these things may be another sign.
3. Trouble completing familiar tasks
Driving to a familiar place; remembering the rules of a favorite game; or forgetting how to cook a simple meal (or even boil water).
4. Losing track of dates, seasons and time
If it isn’t happening right now, Alzheimer’s sufferers may not understand it. Forgetting where they are and how they got there are also common symptoms.
5. Vision problems
Judging distance, identifying colors or contrasts, and having difficulty reading. Poor driving may result.
6. Struggling with conversations
Repeating the same stories; inability to join or follow a conversation; and challenges with vocabulary, such as calling things by the wrong name.
7. Misplacing things
Putting items in unusual places; struggling to retrace steps to look for a lost item; and, in some cases, accusing others of stealing.
8. Poor decision-making
Having poor judgment with money or frivolously giving it away. Some people with Alzheimer’s may stop grooming habits or keeping themselves clean.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
Avoiding social situations, giving up hobbies, or failing to complete work assignments.
10. Mood and personality changes
Alzheimer’s can produce confusion, anxiety, suspicion or depression. It can make people become upset much more easily, especially when they’re away from home.
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