Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
- Memory loss. Forgetting names, appointments, and recent information.
- Difficulty performing familiar tasks, such as preparing a meal, using an appliance, or engaging in a hobby.
- Problems with language. Trying to find the right word, for example, to express a common item such as a hairbrush or key.
- Disorientation to time and place. Examples include not knowing the year, time of day, or how to return home.
- Poor or decreased judgment as evidenced by giving large sums of money to solicitors, wearing inappropriate clothing for the weather (winter coat in summer).
- Problems with abstract thinking, such as balancing a checkbook.
- Misplacing things in unusual places. Examples may include placing a milk carton in the cupboard, a peanut butter jar under the kitchen sink among the cleaning supplies, or a spoon in the toaster.
- Changes in mood or behavior.
- Changes in personality. Noticeable changes including confusion, paranoia, fear.
- Loss of initiative. Withdrawing from social events, sitting idle, watching television for hours at a time, excessive sleeping.
Experiencing these signs occasionally, could be due to stress, depression, mild-cognitive impairment, or other causes. If symptoms persist, talk with your doctor.