As we age, the mind does not work quite as well as it did when we were younger. How can you tell what is normal aging and what are the signs of Alzheimer’s?
Here are the top ten warning signs that this disease could be effecting you or your loved ones.
- Memory loss that affects the daily life. This is one of the most common warning signs, especially if the information was just learned. Important dates may be forgotten. The individual may ask for the same information over and over again.
- Difficulty in solving problems. Examples of this include following a recipe or keeping track of monthly billing.
- Trouble completing familiar everyday task. This would include keeping a budget or driving to a familiar destination.
- Place or time confusion. Individuals that suffer with Alzheimer’s will loose track of seasons, time and track of dates. If the event is not happening immediately, they may have trouble processing this.
- Difficulty understanding spatial relationships and visual images. The individual may have trouble with reading, determining the color and contrast, as well as the distance. This can often cause issues with driving.
- Issues with speaking and writing words. Those that suffer from this disease may have issues with following a conversation or even joining in. They often repeat themselves or will stop mid conversation. They will often call things by the wrong name or suffer with speaking.
- Misplacing items. Those that suffer from this disease often will not put things back into their correct spaces. They easily lose items and are unable to retrace their steps to find them again.
- Poor judgment. Decision making is often hard with those that have Alzheimer’s. They often make poor choices when dealing with money. They often will pay little attention to how they are grooming themselves.
- Social activity withdraw. Individuals that face this disease will often remove themselves from what they once enjoyed doing, such as work projects or social events or outings. They can have trouble keeping up with their favorite sports teams and often stop social events due to the changes they have experienced.
- Mood or personality changes. Individuals with Alzheimer’s will often become confused quite easily, or may become depressed or fearful. They are easily upset at work, home, with friends and family when they are out of their comfort zone.