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Learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease

January is Alzheimer Awareness Month and we've learned that women represent 72% of Canadians living with Alzheimer’s disease. With that staggering statistic, take a moment to learn about the 10 warning signs of the disease and share them with the women in your life. Early diagnosis is the best way to get the help you need and plan for the future.

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The 10 Warning Signs

Memory loss that affects day-to-day function

It’s normal to forget things sometimes, but a person with Alzheimer’s disease may forget things more often and not remember them later.

Difficulty performing familiar tasks

People can get distracted from time to time, however a person with Alzheimer's disease may have trouble doing tasks that have always been familiar to them.

Problems with language

A person with Alzheimer's disease may forget simple words or come up with substitute words, sometimes making them difficult to understand..

Disorientation of time and place

Sometimes a person with Alzheimer's disease can forget where they are or not know how they got there or how to get home.

Poor or decreased judgment

Having decreased judgment like wearing heavy clothing on a hot day can be a sign of Alzheimer's disease.

Problems with abstract thinking

Someone with Alzheimer's disease may have difficulties with tasks, like not recognizing what numbers in a cheque book mean.

Misplacing things

Anyone can misplace things, but a person with Alzheimer's disease may put things in strange places: like a phone in the freezer.

Changes in mood and behaviour

Everyone’s mood can change, though someone with Alzheimer's disease can experience mood swings for no apparent reason.

Changes in personality

A person with Alzheimer's disease can often become confused, suspicious or withdrawn. Acting out of character for no reason is something to be aware of.

Loss of initiative

People with Alzheimer's disease can lose their drive and become passive. They may require cues and prompting to become involved with daily tasks and interaction.

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