Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia cause a slow decline in memory and reasoning skills. If you notice any of these symptoms in a loved one, please see a physician.
The 10 Warning Signs
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
Example: Asking for the same information over and over.
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
Example: Trouble keeping track of bills.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks.
Example: Can’t remember the rules of a favorite game.
4. Confusion with time or place.
Example: Forgetting where they are or how they got there.
5. Trouble understanding visual interests or spatial relationships.
Example: Difficulty reading or judging distances.
6. New problems in speaking or writing words.
Example: Suddenly stops speaking in the middle of a conversation.
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
Example: Placing things in unusual locations.
8. Decreased or poor judgment.
Example: Less attention to grooming and hygiene.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
Example: Little or no interest in a favorite hobby.
10. Changes in mood or personality.
Example:Increasingly confused, anxious, suspicious or depressed.
Source: Alzheimer’s Association
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