Ten Alzheimer’s Warning Signs

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Ten Alzheimer’s Warning Signs

Please note any of these ten Alzheimer’s warning signs and take them with you when you visit the doctor. This list is not a substitute for a professional consultation.

l. Memory Loss

This is one of the most common early warnings of an Alzheimer’s sign to notice. Look for a loss of short term memory. Examples of this are forgetting events or dates and asking about the same information repeatedly.

2. Difficulty performing everyday tasks

Some individuals may take longer and exhibit difficulty in doing things like keeping track of monthly bills, following a recipe, playing a game, or making a telephone call. They may also forget how to drive to a familiar destination. These are critical Alzheimer’s signs to recognize.

3.  Problems with language, speaking, and writing

Individuals may forget simple words or substitute words. They may forget the word hairbrush and call it that thing you use for your hair. They may have a difficult time joining in and following a conversation and stop in the middle of the conversation and not understand where to begin the discussion again.

4. Disorientation with time and/or place

People with Alzheimer’s may forget where they are and how they there.  They can get lost in their own neighborhood and forget how to get back home. They can lose track of dates, the season of the year, and how much time has passed.

5.  Decreased or poor judgement

People with Alzheimer’s may experience change in decision making.  For example, they may begin to let their appearance go by bathing and grooming less.  They may also dress unusual like wearing many heavy sweaters on a warm day. Another example is they may give a telemarketer a large sum of money.

6. Difficulty with abstract thinking

This involves difficulty understanding visual images and spatial relationships. Reading may become a challenge. Identifying a color or contrast may be a problem. Understanding how to use numbers may no longer be possible. They may not even recognize their own reflection when looking into a mirror.

7. Misplacing things

People with Alzheimer’s may place things in unusual places. For example, they may place a watch in the freezer and an apple in the drawer. They may accuse others of stealing. They may be unable to trace their steps.

8. Behavioral changes

They may withdraw from social activities. This can include work, hobbies, sports, etc. They may show mood swings where they are calm and become angry quickly or are quick to cry.

9. Changes in personality

Their personality may change dramatically.  They may begin to become very dependent upon a family member. They may become easily upset when uncomfortable with people they are around or their surroundings. They may get irritated if their routine is disrupted.

10. Loss of Initiative

The person with Alzheimer’s may become passive, sit in front of a television for hours, and no longer desire to do usual activities.

Please call your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association:  Ky and Southern Indiana Alzheimer’s Association

For more information, please call Silver Tree Home Care at 502.240.6464.