10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s Disease
Whether you’re experiencing possible symptoms or are concerned for someone you care about, the Alzheimer Society has developed the following list of signs to look for:
1Memory loss affecting day-to-day abilities - forgetting things often or struggling to retain new information.
2Difficulty performing familiar tasks - forgetting how to do something you’ve been doing your whole life, such as preparing a meal or getting dressed.
3Problems with language - forgetting words or substituting words that don’t fit the context.
4Disorientation in time and space - not knowing what day of the week it is or getting lost in a familiar place.
5Impaired judgment - not recognizing a medical problem that needs attention or wearing light clothing on a cold day.
6Problems with abstract thinking - not understanding what numbers signify on a calculator, for example, or how they’re used.
7Misplacing things - putting things in strange places, like an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl.
8Changes in mood and behavior - exhibiting severe mood swings from being easy-going to quick-tempered.
9Changes in personality - behaving out of character such as feeling paranoid or threatened.
10Loss of initiative - losing interest in friends, family, and favorite activities.
If you are concerned about any of these signs, talk to your doctor.