1 Memory loss which interferes with daily life:
Although becoming a bit forgetful over the years might be expected of any senior, it usually has little effect on their normal routine, since they often remember later. If, for example a person forgets to take their medication and passes out every week when they go to the store, they should seek an assessment.
2 Confusion with time or place:
People with Alzheimer’s tend to get confused over the date or time. They may not remember their daily schedule or forget the day of the week.
3 Challenges in planning or solving problems:
Alzheimer’s patients often have trouble with making and keeping plans, such as following recipes, making appointments, or paying bills. Concentrating can become difficult for them, and their minds tend to wander.
4 Difficulty completing familiar tasks:
The memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s can make it difficult for patients to perform a task they have performed hundreds of times before. They may forget how to do it, or completely forget to do it altogether. This may include home activities, work, or leisure activities such as crossword puzzles, cooking, cleaning, paying bills, grocery shopping, or even eating or using the bathroom.
5 Reduced or impaired judgment:
The confusion and memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s often leads to difficulty in exercising good judgment when making decisions. For example, a patient may decide to drive their car despite not knowing where to go or being able to see clearly, they may not groom themselves or wash their clothes properly, or they may be convinced to sign contracts they otherwise would not have signed. Unfortunately, telemarketers, scammers, and con artists often try to take advantage of this, so a person with Alzheimer’s should be looked after carefully.
6 Changes in personality and mood:
People with Alzheimer’s tend to forget important details or their daily routine, and this might cause them to become frustrated or confused. They may easily become upset or angry, be more suspicious of others, depressed, or fearful.
7 Misplacing things and being unable to find them:
Everybody loses the remote control occasionally, but if an elderly person is losing important things often enough that it disrupts their routine, they should get an assessment. People with Alzheimer’s are typically unable to retrace their steps to find the lost object, and they may accuse others of stealing it, going along with the personality changes.
If you suspect you may be experiencing the early signs of Alzheimer’s, see your doctor. This Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Source: Alz.org. Click here for their original article.
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