1- Memory loss that disrupts daily life
of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially forgetting
recently learned information. Others include forgetting dates, events, asking
for the same information over and over, increasingly needing to rely on memory
aids (reminders, notes, electronic devices).
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 they did before.
3- Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at
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.
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
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.
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. They may struggle with vocabulary, 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
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. 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 have
poor judgment when dealing with money, giving large amount s to telemarketers.
They may pay less attention to grooming or keeping themselves clean.
9- Withdrawal form work or social activities
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 and personality
The mood and personalities of people with
Alzheimer’s can change. They can become confused, suspicious, depressed, fearful and/or anxious. They may easily be upset at home, at work, with friends
or in places where they are out of their comfort zone.